The Salem News
---- — BEVERLY — Police are warning motorists to buckle their seat belts as part of a nationwide driver-safety campaign that will begin later this month and last into June.
“As we kick off the busy summer driving season, it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night,” Sgt. Russ Rollins said in a press release this week. “Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up.”
Rollins said police were prepared to ticket drivers and passengers for not wearing their seat belts as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign, which will bring enhanced enforcement to the area from May 20 through June 2.
Beverly police will join the effort in collaboration with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division, state police, and other local departments.
Of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed across the country’s roadways in 2011, more than half were not properly belted at the time of the crash, according to the release.
“Those deaths were more prevalent at night than during the daytime,” the release said.
Here in Massachusetts, 54 percent of people killed in passenger motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts in 2011 were not wearing their seat belts.
More information on the Click It or Ticket campaign can be found at www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.