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‘Click It or Ticket’ set to kick off

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LT. GOV. Ray Tenorio yesterday signed a proclamation recognizing the "Click It or Ticket" Mobilization Campaign from May 20 to June 2. The signing ceremony was attended by members of the Guam Police Department, Department of Public Works Office of Highway Safety, the Guam Airport Police, and the Department of Revenue and Taxation Motor Carrier Safety office.

Activities during the campaign will center on raising awareness and enforcement of Guam’s seatbelt laws. “'The Click it or Ticket' program is important because it emphasizes what already is law,” Tenorio said. “We know that can save your life.”

He added that for many people, enforcement means compliance. “[People] can ignore a lot of things, but the reality of a citation and going to court to pay it is something that people ordinarily want to avoid.”

Carl Dominguez, director of the Department of Public Works, cited a figure he said underscored the importance of seatbelt use.

“In the 1950s, the mortality rate in the United States from motor vehicle crashes was something on the order of six-point-something per million miles of driving,” he said. “In 2010 that number in the United States had dropped to 1.2.” He said the sharp reduction was undoubtedly due to a number of factors. “But a lot of it has to do, in my estimation, with the fact that we’re wearing seatbelts.”

He also noted that with the program’s efforts in the schools, it was likely that at least one child would remind a driver that he or she should be properly restrained with a seatbelt and child-restraint system. “That may prevent an injury to that child or, God forbid, a fatality,” he said.

The proclamation summed up the significance of the program. “The use of seatbelts and child-restraint systems is the single most effective way to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes,” it said.

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