With Thanksgiving right around the corner, people will soon flock to the roads to visit and celebrate with family and friends. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reminds all travelers, whether they are heading across the country or just across town, to ensure a safe arrival and a happy holiday by buckling up Every Trip, Every Time.
To reinforce the law and encourage safe driving habits, deputies will participate in the Click It or Ticket campaign from November 18th to December 1st.
Such a simple step can save a life, but too many lives are being lost because some have still not gotten the message.
“The risk of being involved in a serious or deadly car crash increases when the number of cars on the road increases, and the long Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “So we want to remind everyone that your seat belts can save your life – and those you are traveling with.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 249 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide during the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday. Fifty percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts.