It’s time again to Click It or Ticket in Georgia

ATLANTA (WDEF) The annual Click It or Ticket push for the Memorial Day Weekend begins this week.

On Monday the 16th, the commercials will start airing for this year’s campaign.

Next Monday, the enforcement begins.

The program is a crackdown on seatbelt usage during the Memorial Weekend holiday.

“Traffic will be heavy throughout the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the Georgia State Patrol reminds drivers to also allow extra time to reach their destinations as they take to the highways,” Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said. “Troopers will be patrolling for unsafe drivers on the interstates and secondary roads throughout the weekend. They will concentrate on locating impaired drivers, unrestrained drivers and passengers, speeding violations as well as distracted drivers during their holiday patrols.”

From 2007 to 2013, 51% of traffic deaths were unrestrained (in cases where seatbelt usage was known)

“Unfortunately, Georgia experienced an increase in traffic fatalities for the first time in several years in 2016 and while it can’t be said for sure that each death could’ve been prevented by a buckled seatbelt, it is a fact that properly buckled belts can help save lives,” GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said. “When a busy travel holiday like Memorial Day comes along, a buckled seatbelt is even more important. And because Georgia has a primary belt law, that means an officer can stop any driver they observe as unbuckled. During Click It or Ticket, that will ring especially true.”

Categories: Regional News, State News – Georgia