The following is a press release from Sgt. Christopher Barry of the Lexington Police Department.
The Lexington Police Department is proud to announce that it has again partnered with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Highway Safety Division (HSD), the State Police and numerous other local departments in another year of a high-visibility seat belt enforcement blitz called “Click It or Ticket.”
The message continues to be simple: Massachusetts’s drivers and passengers should always wear their seat belts or be ready to face the consequences.
“It is just so simple to protect yourself and the ones you love by buckling up and making sure all those who ride in your vehicle use their seat belt,” says Sgt. Christopher Barry of the LPD. “You can never tell when or where a crash will happen, but you can take this small step to protect yourself as best as possible.”
The Click It or Ticket grant allows participating departments across the state to add extra officers for high-visibility enforcement over three separate mobilizations.
The first mobilization, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” runs from Dec. 16 to Jan. 2, 2012 and focuses not only on seatbelt usage, but also on drivers that operate a vehicle while intoxicated or impaired.
The two remaining mobilizations occur in May and August of 2012.
We here at the Lexington Police Department want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season. We strongly encourage everyone to wear his or her seat belts and drive sober.
This season should be filled with joy and happiness, not the grief and sorrow of the news that another person injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash may have survived simply by the wearing of a seat belt.
So remember, if you are pulled over for violating a traffic law, officers will be looking to make sure drivers and passengers are wearing their seat belts. No excuses. Click It or Ticket!
For more information, please visit Mass.gov/highwaysafety.