ARLINGTON, Va. – This Thanksgiving season, the Arlington County Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to share an important lifesaving reminder: whether you’re traveling across the country, or across the County, Buckle Up—Every Trip. Every Time.
Millions of Americans hit the roads to travel each year during the Thanksgiving weekend. Increased traffic, unfortunately, results in more crashes. Buckling up provides motorists and passengers the best defense against injury or death in a crash. For this reason, law enforcement agencies across the country will participate in NHTSA’s Buckle Up—Every Trip. Every Time. campaign and step up seat belt enforcement efforts this Thanksgiving season to prevent crash fatalities and save lives.
According to NHTSA, during the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend, 341 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide, and 49 percent were not their wearing seat belts at the time of the fatal crash. Nighttime proved even more deadly, with 55 percent of Thanksgiving weekend crashes occurring at night. That’s why one focus of the Buckle Up—Every Trip. Every Time. seat belt awareness campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.
Whether you’re a passenger or the driver, traveling long distances or short, surviving your Thanksgiving drive this year—and making it to next year, can be as simple as buckling up, every trip, every time. To learn more about the Buckle Up—Every Trip. Every Time. campaign, visit the NHTSA website.