UCF police to increase seat belt enforcement
Fasten your seat belts - or it could be an expensive ride.
UCF Police and other agencies around the country are cracking down on seat belt violators through Nov. 30 as a means to enforce the Click it or Ticket campaign.
"Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year, with millions of Americans hitting the roads to spend time with loved ones during the holiday," said UCF Police public information officer Courtney Gilmartin in a release. "More activity on roads means greater risk of accidents."
Due to the greater increase in traffic, UCF Police will enforce seat belt usage. Officers will look for unbuckled motorists and violators will be subject to a $114 non-moving violation.
"There's no driver too good and no distance too short to not wear a seat belt," Gilmartin said. "Buckling up is a simple, easy task, and wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to protect drivers and passengers."
Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2012, seat belts saved the lives of 12,174 drivers and passengers, according to the NHTSA.
Motorists should also be aware that if a minor is not wearing a seat belt, the driver will receive the ticket.