“Our message is simple. If you fail to buckle up, then expect a ticket,” said Major Timothy Ashley, commander of FHP’s Troop H, which covers eight counties in the Big Bend area.
“The hard working men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol will be diligent in enforcing our safety belt law. Our state troopers are committed to making a difference through education and enforcement.”
Florida’s law requires all drivers and adult occupants in the front seat of a vehicle to fasten their safety belt. Occupants under the age of 18, regardless of where they sit in a vehicle, also must buckle up. Safety belts have long been proven to save lives and reduce injuries when worn properly during a vehicle crash. Motorists cited for failure to buckle up face a non-moving violation that carries a $30 base fine, plus court costs if convicted.
Florida achieved a record high this year when the safety belt usage rate climbed to reach 87.4 percent, following the May 24 - June 6 Click It or Ticket campaign. For additional details and statistics on the Sunshine State’s 2010 safety belt usage, to include county statistics, visit the Florida Department of Transportation’s website at http://www.dot.state.fl.us/safety/.
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