The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the Click It or Ticket campaign, which runs from May 23 through June 5. On May 24, 2016, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick Barracks, conducted seat belt compliance checks on both sides of the Thomas Johnson Bridge, as part of the “Border2Border” Seat Belt Compliance Initiative.
During the operation, a total of 44 vehicles were stopped, resulting in seven seat belt citations, 17 cell phone citations, and two safety equipment repair orders.
The Sheriff's Office also conducted seat belt compliance checks at all three public high schools, stopping 11 vehicles. Those vehicle stops resulted in eight seat belt citations, one cell phone citation, two registration violations, and two safety equipment repair orders.
In 2014, more than 92 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers in Maryland were observed to be wearing their seat belts, but crash data shows that an alarming percentage of people killed in crashes were unbelted. Each year, in Maryland, more than 120 unbelted drivers and passengers are killed. Maryland crash data shows those who were reported as unbelted at the time of their crash were 67 percent more likely to sustain a moderate to fatal injury. The data also shows that seat belts reduce the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent.
Even low-speed crashes can produce serious injuries or fatalities to unbelted vehicle occupants. Your seatbelt is your best defense against unsafe drivers – buckling up is the single most important step you can take to save your life in the event of a crash.
Click it or Ticket is a major component of Maryland's Toward Zero Deaths campaign, which focuses on promoting seat belt use and preventing impaired driving, aggressive driving, and distracted driving. For more information on the Toward Zero Deaths campaign, please visit towardzerodeathsmd.com. For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign visit nhtsa.gov.