Seatbelt crackdown continues

ATLANTA (WTOC) – A statewide crackdown on seatbelt usage runs through Sunday.

Operation Click It Or Ticket, which started Nov. 15, is an enforcement campaign that coordinates high-visibility road checks and seatbelt patrols, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

The Georgia State Patrol reported 13 fatalities and 888 injured during the 2009 Thanksgiving travel period. Over the last year's four-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period, there were 2,348 crashes, according to GSP data.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 13,000 lives were saved from seat belts in 2008. Nearly two-thirds of the 12,671 victims killed in nighttime crashes in 2008 were not wearing seat belts, according to NHTSA.

Because nighttime drivers are among those least likely to buckle up, nighttime enforcement has become the operations model for statewide Click It Or Ticket mobilizations in Georgia, according to the GOHS.

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