Do you wear a seat belt in your car? It's time you started. Coming up on November 16, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will be teaming up with law enforcement agencies nationwide for a Border to Border (B2B).

This is a law enforcement event to kick off the annual Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign which runs through November 29. According to the press release, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking all states to participate in B2B, a 1-day national seat belt awareness event coordinated by participating state highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons. The B2B initiative aims to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt enforcement and providing seat belt fact sheets for drivers at heavily traveled, highly visible state border checkpoints.

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 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign and the B2B kickoff event is nighttime enforcement.

“The Border to Border component of the Click It or Ticket campaign is so important because it raises awareness about seat belt safety and reminds people that seat belts aren’t optional,” said Sgt. Les Colley. “The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Families will be heading out to spend time with their loved ones, so it’s imperative we get the word out about the importance of seat belts.”

“If the enforcement campaign wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we’ll consider our mission to be a success,” said Sgt Les Colley. “If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits.

Help spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up—every trip, every time.”

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.arkpolice.txkusa.org.

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