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Click it or ticket kicks off

By Stephanie Springer - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – It's time for the annual statewide click it or ticket campaign.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is also organizing a "Rural Roads seatbelt crackdown." Troopers hope it will reduce deadly crashes during the Thanksgiving holidays.

In 2008, 568 Georgians died because they weren't wearing their seat belts. Troopers don't want those numbers to increase so they want you to know if you don't buckle up you will get a ticket.

Its Click it or Ticket time again in Georgia. Starting Monday troopers all over Georgia will be cracking down on drivers not wearing a seat belt.

 According to statistics 67% of people who drive at night do not wear their seat belts, so troopers are out on concentrated patrol during the day, and hold road checks at night .

"Night time seat belt usage this year is down we are going to set some road checks up," said Sgt. Tommy Peeples.

For Sgt. Tommy Peeples, the Click it or Ticket law is personal. Three years ago Peeples was involved in an accident in his patrol car. He knows from first hand experience wearing a seat belt can save your life.

"I stayed in the seat behind the steering wheel if my seat belt had not been on I could have easily been ejected I walked away from that accident with no injuries no problems," said Peeples.

"I've heard all kind of stories like I forget to put them on or they wrinkle my clothes..seat belts keep you inside that car and that's where you want to be in the event of an accident," said Peeples.

More than half the Georgians killed in car crashes in 2008 were not wearing safety belts.

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