Chief Joseph O’Connor
219 Walden Street
P.O. Box 519
Concord, MA 01742
For Immediate Release
Monday, May 9, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Concord Police to Participate in Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization
CONCORD — Chief Joseph O’Connor announces that the Concord Police Department will take part in the national Click It or Ticket campaign to promote seat belt use through increased traffic enforcement.
The initiative is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and runs from May 9-23.
“We are committed to this year’s Click It or Ticket campaign,” Chief O’Connor said. “As the weather continues to improve, more people will be on the roads and we know that seat belts do in fact save lives.”
According to the NHTSA, the national seat belt usage rate is currently 88.5 percent, with Massachusetts falling behind at 74 percent — a three percent drop in use from 2014 to 2015. Additionally, in 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in crashes across the nation were not buckled.
“While these may just sound like statistics, local police know from personal experience that those numbers represent mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and friends in Concord,” Jeff Larason, Director of the Highway Safety Division, said in a statement. “If we increase our seat belt usage rate, we save lives, and that’s why the police are out enforcing this important law.”
Concord will join more than 200 municipal police departments and the Massachusetts State Police, in partnership with the Highway Safety Division of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, that are partaking in the campaign.
Anyone who has questions or concerns about this campaign, or how to properly buckle a child, should contact the Concord Police Department at 978-318-3402.