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Spike in car crashes, buckle up

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Wreck in Tift County, family not wearing seat belts Wreck in Tift County, family not wearing seat belts
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

We hear it all the time "Click it or Ticket," its the law and has been for over a decade, so why is it that we continue to hear so many people who continue to not follow this rule?

Officer Jackson of the Dougherty County Police Department says the defense some people have is that they are afraid the seat belt will constrict them from moving if they were in a wreck. But according to DCP, the chance of that happening is very slim and anyone who wears one actually doubles their ability to survive a crash.

Officer Jackson says most of the accidents he works where drivers or passengers weren't strapped in ended with lives lost. 

Even driving short distances, law enforcement highly recommend buckling up, especially since most crashes happen within 25 miles from home, according to the Governors Office of Highway Safety. 

Over the span of 6 months GSP has written over 480 tickets for people not wearing a seat belt. And when it comes to parents who don't have their children in strapped in, GSP stopped almost 600 drivers ticketed them.

It's important to remember to have some type restraint for kids like a child safety seat, if not their chances of being injured is three times more likely. In the state of Georgia car accidents cost more than 7 billion dollars per year in form of high insurance premiums, medical assistance and property damage. 




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