FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2014
Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724
MDTA POLICE PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL
"CLICK IT OR TICKET" ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN
MDTA Police Step Up Seatbelt Enforcement
National Campaign May 19 June 1
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.
"I am concerned at the disproportionate rate of young adults dying becausthey were not wearing their seatbelts. Sixty-two percent of 18- to 34-year-old passenger-vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing their seatbelts" said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Michael Kundrat. "Although Maryland has made great strides in terms of seatbelt usage, each of us needs to buckle-up every time we travel in a vehicle."
According to recent figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seatbelts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying in 2012. From 2008 to 2012, seatbelts saved nearly 63,000 lives.
NHTSA also reports that, for the first time in five years, fatalities for un-restrained passenger-vehicle occupants have gone up. In 2012, there were 10,335 unbuckled passenger-vehicle occupants who died.
The MDTA Police also support the "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Marylands roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com. For more information on seatbelt safety, please visit nhtsa.gov.
Follow the MDTA Police at mdta.maryland.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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