|The GHSB's Click It or Ticket Campaign is made possible through grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Learn more about the NHTSA's efforts to increase safety belt, booster seat, and child safety seat use through its Buckle Up America Campaign.
The Massachusetts campaign was started in the fall of 2002. It is based on a successful national model developed by NHTSA that involves two to three week "mobilization" period of high-visibility traffic enforcement, paid and earned media, and community education.
The low use of safety belts was a major factor in the 441 fatalities and approximately 5,000 serious injuries and $6.3 billion in economic costs associated with motor vehicle crashes in Massachusetts in 2005.
Since safety belts reduce the risk of death or serious injury in a motor vehicle crash by up to 50%, we can improve highway safety in Massachusetts by getting more people to buckle up with our Click It or Ticket Campaign.
The most recent goal of the campaign was to increase safety belt use in Massachusetts from 65% in 2005 to 67% in 2006. As of June 2006 our belt use was 67%. Our campaign goal for 2007 is to increase our belt use to 70%. Yet nationwide safety belt use was 81% as of 2006.
2013 AUGUST/LABOR DAY CRACKDOWN
The Concord Police Department Launches Intensive Crackdown on Impaired Driving
Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
The Concord Police Department will join nearly 126 other law enforcement agencies statewide and thousands of other agencies nationwide participating in an intensive crackdown on impaired driving through Labor Day. The federally funded mobilization through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Highway Safety Division, known as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over runs August 16–September 2.
Nationally, impaired driving is one of the nation’s most often committed and deadliest crimes leading to catastrophic human and economic losses. Statistics show one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality occurred every 53 minutes across the nation in 2011.~In that same year, 114 people died as a result of alcohol related crashes in the Commonwealth where drivers had a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher.
“It’s predictable but fact, the number of drivers operating under the influence increases during holiday weekends, especially during the summer,” said Chief Barry R. Neal.~ “All too often that means innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences from this careless disregard for human life. We’re committed to ending the carnage so we’re intensifying enforcement during this crackdown and will be especially vigilant during nights and weekends when impaired drivers are most likely on our roads.”
Officers from the Concord Police Department will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers during the crackdown with plans to arrest anyone found operating a vehicle while impaired — regardless of age, vehicle type, or time of day.
“Our message is simple and unwavering: operate a vehicle impaired and we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Chief Barry R. Neal. “Driving impaired is simply not worth the potential consequences.
In any impaired driving stop, violators could face jail time, fines, suspension or loss of drivers’ licenses, mandatory use of ignition interlock devices, increased insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost wages, and the potential loss of job or job prospects which could easily run into thousands of dollars.
“The trauma and financial costs of an arrest or crash can destroy your life. It’s not worth taking the chance,” said Chief Barry R. Neal. “But motorists have a choice: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”