Click It or Ticket campaign begins

ALBANY -- Officers throughout the state are cracking down on unrestrained drivers and passengers this holiday season, said Katie Fallon, assistant public information officer of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

Fallon said the campaign began Monday and will continue through the Thanksgiving holiday and will end on Nov. 30.

She said Click It or Ticket is an important campaign that stresses the need to wear seat belts at all times.

"The week of Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous times to be on the roads," Fallon said. "Because of the heavy traffic, crashes and injuries are more likely to happen. Thanksgiving is the most traveled holiday in the United States."

According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, 19 Georgians died on the road during the first 102 hours of the Thanksgiving holiday last year and a total of 3,815 crashes were reported.

"Motorists should look for increased visibility of officers and strong enforcement," she said.

Fallon said that law enforcement will be tough on unrestrained drivers, there will be no warnings.

"We use it as a means of supporting the law," she said of Click It or Ticket. "The seat belt law is in effect all year round, but during the holiday season more motorists are on the highway."

In conjunction with Click It or Ticket, Georgia's Rural Roads, a similar campaign for seat belt safety, will also be in effect during November.

"This is our second year of doing Rural Roads," said Fallon. "We decided to do it together with Click It or Ticket this year."

In 2008, 1,164 people died on Georgia's state and county roads, compared to 223 deaths on interstate highways.

Fallon said that local law enforcement will be keeping a watchful eye for violators.

"The important thing is to wear a seat belt," she said. "Seat belts save lives and that is what this is about."