ATLANTA—Georgia State Troopers will be keeping a close eye out for occupant protection violations this week as part of Operation Click It or Ticket, Georgia’s high visibility seat belt enforcement program. The enforcement wave will last through the Thanksgiving holiday period which ends Sunday, December 1 at midnight. Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said troopers will be conducting concentrated patrols and roadchecks throughout the week to remind motorists to buckle up and take the time to properly restrain children. “Sadly, each holiday period more than one-half of the people killed in motor vehicle crashes are not using safety belts,” Colonel McDonough said. “Always wear your seat belt no matter how short the trip may be. Many lives can be saved if people take a few seconds to buckle up before their trip.”
Operation Click It or Ticket is sponsored nationally by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and locally by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The Georgia State Patrol has participated in each of the Click It or Ticket campaigns since its inception in 1999. The seat belt enforcement effort began in 1997 with Operation Strap N Snap when seat belt use was only 62 percent. In addition to occupant protection violations, previous enforcement campaigns of Operation Click It or Ticket have resulted in the arrests of wanted persons, people driving under the influence, driving without insurance, driving stolen vehicles, and driving on a suspended license.