This Thanksgiving, the Vinton Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to urge all individuals, both drivers and passengers, to prioritize seat belt safety throughout the holiday weekend. Buckling your seat belt is more than a suggestion - it's the law. Help us spread the message: Click It or Ticket. Review this information and learn how wearing your seat belt can save your life. During
the busy Thanksgiving weekend, millions of Americans will hit the roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. It's one of the busiest travel times of the year, and it is important to follow critical safety practices when traveling, like wearing your seat belt.During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2021 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, November 29), there were 361 passenger vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes across the nation. Half (50%) were unrestrained. No matter the time of day, driving without a seat belt is deadly. During the 2021 Thanksgiving weekend, 52% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes at night were unbuckled, and 46% of those killed in daytime crashes also were unbuckled. NHTSA is reminding everyone that seat belts save lives with the campaign slogan, Click It or Ticket. Buckling up is your best defense against injury or death in a crash.Surviving your Thanksgiving drive this year - and making it to next Thanksgiving - can be as simple as buckling up. In the last decade, seat belts saved the lives of more than 100,000 people in the United States. Those people are thankful they wore their seat belts. Are you ready to safeguard your life throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend? Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.Drive safely this Thanksgiving!