Click It or Ticket campaign kicks off in Georgia - WRBL

Click It or Ticket campaign kicks off in Georgia

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In the days leading up to Memorial Day, Georgia law enforcers want you to buckle up. The Click It or Ticket campaign helps reduce the number of deaths on the road.

Statistics show that over 80% of people wear their seatbelt nationwide. However, hundreds of people die each year as a result of not buckling up.

Sgt. Tim Wynn of the Columbus Police Department says, "Crashes are going to happen, accidents are going to happen, but if you have the seatbelt your chances are a lot better than without the seatbelt."

He says over the years he's seen lots of traffic fatalities, most of which were caused by the victim not wearing a seatbelt.

Ben Schorr says lots of his classmates think wearing a seatbelt is uncool, but he thinks differently. "It wouldn't be cool if you were in a body bag," he says.

Katie Parker says she's adamant about teaching her daughters the importance of strapping in. "Even if we are going to run down the street, right out of the neighborhood," she says, "we always put on our seatbelt."

Last year more than 400 people died from not wearing their seatbelts in the state of Georgia alone. Wynn says, "You're running 55 mph. If you hit something and the car suddenly stops, the occupants in the vehicle are going to continue at 55 mph until they strike something that stops it."

Wynn says over the past three years Georgia's seatbelt use has increased thanks to Click It or Ticket. He says while it's unrealistic, their goal is to reach 100% compliance with the law. "The seatbelts are there to restrain you in the seats," he says, "therefore, reducing injuries, minimizing injuries and minimizing fatalities."

"I mean there's no reason for that," says Peyton Gullatte, who always wears a seatbelt. "There's no point in it. Just put on your seatbelt."

Parker adds, "To me it just seems like an obvious solution. Wear your seat belt. It's not that hard."

Wynn says you're five times more likely to die in a crash if you're ejected from the vehicle than if you stay inside the car. Over 50% of traffic fatalities occur because someone wasn't strapped in.

In Georgia and Alabama you can be pulled over solely for not wearing your seat belt.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.

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