Record Number of Floridians Are Buckling Up

By: Florida Department of Transportation Release
By: Florida Department of Transportation Release

The full 2011 safety belt usage final report is available on the FDOT website:  

Tallahassee –

Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad and Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Julie Jones announced today that a record number of Floridians are wearing their safety belts. Statewide safety belt use reached 88.1 percent this year following the 2011 Click It or Ticket safety belt campaign.

FDOT Secretary Prasad said: “We have made great strides in getting more and more people to buckle up, but we still have a long way to go. We must continue to do even more to meet our vision of delivering a transportation system that is fatality and congestion free.”

Following the Click It or Ticket campaign, an observational survey of Florida vehicles was undertaken in June 2011. The survey’s results show an all-time high safety belt usage rate. Increases in 8 of 12 survey counties led Florida to an overall use rate of 88.1 percent compared to 87.4 percent in 2010. Pickup truck drivers and their passengers continue to be among the lowest users.

During the Click It or Ticket campaign from May 23 to June 5, law enforcement agencies stepped up patrols and traffic safety efforts while instituting a zero tolerance policy for people not buckled up.

DHSMV Executive Director Julie Jones said: “Florida’s record high safety belt compliance rate is a great example of how effective legislation can be. Lawmakers changed the law to make it easier to enforce, and the men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol and the agencies we partner with stepped up to the challenge to move the state toward our vision of a safer Florida. We are proud to participate in campaigns, such as Click It or Ticket, to raise awareness of such an easy step that all motorists can and should take to make each ride in a motor vehicle safer.”

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  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Sep 8, 2011 at 03:02 AM
    I'm over 18 don't need "GOOBER'ment telling me to Click nothing period stay out of my car.
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      by jw on Sep 8, 2011 at 05:44 AM in reply to Surprise
      you are one of the reasons I BUCKLING UP. wakeup you fool before you are thrown out on the street where maybe someone runs over you before they can stop.
  • by truth hurts on Sep 7, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    Hell yes I am buckling up. You ever read some of these INSANE comments coming out of these bloggers mouths? In particular Conservative Democrat and Bubba; they shouldn’t even be able to procreate. I buckle up knowing they are out on the street of Tallahassee somewhere. That scares the hell out of me. God help their kids and family.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2011 at 03:39 PM in reply to truth hurts
      I agree, and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.
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