The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has concluded its Click It or Ticket campaign, which ran from May 20 to June 2, 2013.
The effort was part of a nationwide push to save lives by intensifying efforts to educate the public about seat belt laws and enforce them with all motorists around the clock.
During this campaign, Sarasota County deputies wrote 441 citations to motorists who were not wearing seatbelts.
“Nighttime drivers and passengers continue to be among those least likely to wear seat belts,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Consequently, they are also among those most likely to die in motor vehicle crashes and we want to prevent that.”
In Florida, all motorists are required to buckle-up when riding in the front seat, and passengers under the age of 18 must use proper seat restraints regardless of where they are seated in the vehicle.
Because of high-visibility enforcement and awareness campaigns such as this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that seat belt use reached 86 percent in 2012, an increase from 86 percent the year before.