Mary Alice Reporting –

High-visible enforcement for a national campaign will remind motorists to buckle up.

Click It or Ticket runs through November 29th and is part of the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Safe Communities and the Tuscarawas County Health Department is promoting the need to use seat belts when in the vehicle, says promotion and community relations director Jennifer Demuth.

“During this time, law enforcement, local and across state lines, are working to ensure the seatbelt safety message gets out to all drivers and passengers.”

In 2019, 50% of the motor vehicle fatalities in Tuscarawas County were not buckled at the time of the accident.  

She points out that it is the law to be buckled up in the front and for children in the backseat.

According to NHTSA, in 2018, there were 9,778 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 56% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. 

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