FORT SMITH – The Fort Smith Police Department will show zero tolerance

As the unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time for
Americans. Each year, the highways fill with families in vehicles, on their way to start
their summer vacations. To help keep drivers and passengers stay safe, your Fort Smith
Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat
belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 21
through June 3, concurrent with the busy travel season.

Sergeant Scott Campbell says “Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and
your family safe in the car and it’s the law.” Corporal Jeff Taylor has worked fatality
accidents for the Fort Smith Police Department for over 22 years. Corporal Taylor says
“Our officers see the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life. Often, it
could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. This should be automatic.”
Corporal Taylor also said that he has never worked a fatality accident involving a child
where the child was buckled up or in a car seat.

“As the Memorial Day weekend approaches and the summer vacation season ramps up,
we want to keep our community members safe, and make sure people are doing the one
thing that can save them in a crash: buckling up,” said Sergeant Scott Campbell. “If the
enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we’ll
consider it a success.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (48%) of
the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. At night
from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed. That’s why
one focus of the Click It or Ticket 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.

“If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive,
please ask them to change their habits,” said Corporal Jeff Taylor. “Please help us
remind everyone before one more friend or family member is killed. Seat belts and car
seats save lives!!”


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