From March 1, 2013, through March 16, 2013, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Traffic deputies participated in a nation-wide “Click It or Ticket” initiative.
The results of the initiative are below:
Seat Belt Citations: 279
Child Restraint Citations: 25
DUI Arrests: 32
Felony Arrests: 80
Recovered Stolen Vehicles: 12
Fugitives Apprehended: 99
Suspended License Citations: 116
Uninsured Motorist Arrests / Citations: 53
Speeding Citations: 295
Reckless Driving Citations: 2
Drug Arrests: 54
Other Arrests: 183
Research has shown that lap/shoulder belts, when used properly, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 percent. For light-truck occupants, safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent and moderate-to-critical injury by 65 percent.
Safety belts are 80 percent effective in reducing fatalities in light trucks (including sport utility vehicles) during rollover crashes. They also help prevent individuals from being totally ejected during a crash, thus reducing the risk of a fatal injury.
“Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce motor vehicle crash fatalities. High-visibility enforcement is effective at getting people to buckle up,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “Wearing your seat belt is easy and it costs you nothing. Not wearing it might cost you a ticket, or worse — your life. I urge everyone in Polk County to please be safe and always buckle up day and night.”