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HBPD warns: click it or get a ticket

The Holmes Beach Police Department is joining the “Click It or Ticket” effort for the Thanksgiving holiday week.

HBPD, in a news release, said, travelers — whether heading across the city or across the country should buckle their safety belts on every trip.

“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,” stated HBPD Chief William Tokajer in the news release. “So we want to remind everyone that your seat belts can save your life — and those you are traveling with.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that seat belts saved almost 12,000 lives nationwide in 2011. Research shows that with proper seat belt use, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.

During the 2011 Thanksgiving period, 249 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide. Fifty percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

“All too often, we see crash victims who were caught up in the excitement of the Thanksgiving holiday and didn’t arrive safely at their destination,” stated Tokajer in the release. “We want to remind everyone who will be on the roads to please buckle up – every trip, every time — so you can give thanks this holiday season and enjoy the time with your loved ones.”

For more information about traveling safely during Thanksgiving, go online to www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.

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