As motorists hop in their cars to travel for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, Peabody Police Chief Robert L. Champagne is urging everyone to buckle up.
The Peabody Police Department, in partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Highway Safety Division (HSD), the State Police and various other local departments will take part in the 2013 national 'Click It or Ticket' seat belt enforcement mobilization from May 20 to June 2, and will crack down on motorists who are not buckled up.
According to the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), over half of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 weren't wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Those deaths were more prevalent at night than during the daytime.
In a recent statement, Peabody Police said that as the busy summer driving season commences it’s important that everyone buckle up each time they go out, both day and night, as seat belts have proven to save thousands of lives.