45 million Americans don't buckle up
While seat belt use is at an all time national high, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 45 million Americans still don't buckle up.
Monday starts this year's Click it or Ticket, a national seat belt enforcement campaign run by the government agency and local law enforcement across the country. Drivers not wearing seat belts over the next few days run a higher risk of being ticketed.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says that the increased nationwide seat belt use is an accomplishment, but there is still work to do in encouraging safe driving habits.
It is estimated that 38 people die each day in automobile crashes because they were not wearing a seat belt. In 2008, 14,000 people died who were not wearing seat belts. Half of them could have been saved if they had been belted.
Teenagers, young adults, males, those riding at night and on rural roads and in pick-up trucks are the least likely to be wearing seat belts according to NHTSA statistics. The Click it or Ticket campaign will be targeting individuals not wearing seat belts from May 24 to June 6. The campaign involves more than 10,000 police agencies across the nation.