FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 6, 2013

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

MDTA POLICE PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL

"CLICK IT OR TICKET" ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

Campaign duration May 10-27, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD -- The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will join law-enforcement agencies, the State Highway Administration Office of Traffic and Safety and highway-safety advocates in renewing a pledge to save lives during the annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

"The men and women of the MDTA Police are joining law-enforcement agencies from across Maryland to save lives during this campaign" said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Michael Kundrat. "Remember, wearing a seat belt is the single-most effective way to reduce fatalities in motor-vehicle crashes."

According to recent figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011, of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide, 52 percent were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

NHTSA also reports that, in fatal crashes during 2011, 77 percent of passenger- vehicle occupants who were thrown from their vehicles were killed. However, only 1 percent of crash victims who were buckled-up were completely ejected from their vehicles, compared to 31 percent of those who were not belted.

The MDTA Police also support the "Choose Safety for Life" campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Marylands roadways. For more information, visit www.choosesafetyforlife.com.

For more information on seatbelt safety, please visit nhtsa.gov.

The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTAs highways, bridges and tunnels, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore.

MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTAs highways, bridges and tunnels, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore.

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