SUNOPD Receives LHSC Grant to Fund Additional Traffic Safety Enforcement Activities in 2021

SUNOPD Receives LHSC Grant to Fund Additional Traffic Safety Enforcement Activities in 2021

Southern University at New Orleans received grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC) to increase seat belt enforcement patrols as part of the national Click It or Ticket campaign throughout 2021. Southern University at New Orleans Police Department will be teaming up with law enforcement agencies nationwide in this high-visibility enforcement effort designed to reduce motor vehicle deaths and injuries. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign runs concurrently with the busy travel season.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018, there were 9,778 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Louisiana, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is a $75 fine in addition to court costs.

“The Click It or Ticket campaign is so important because it raises awareness about seat belt safety and reminds people that seat belts aren’t optional. It’s imperative we get the word out about the importance of seat belts. If the enforcement campaign wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we’ll consider our mission to be a success,” said Chief Bruce Adams. Chief Adams then asks, “If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. Help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up—every trip, every time.”

Louisiana's highway safety program is designed to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting deaths, injuries, and property damage. Programs and projects are administered in accordance with uniform guidelines promulgated by the NHTSA. For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

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