Wednesday, October 20, 2010

'Click It or Ticket' starts on Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway rangers announced this week they will be starting an aggressive fall foliage "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Any one caught not buckling up on the parkway will be ticketed and fined.

“Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year,” said Chief Ranger Steve Stinnett. But a drive on a beautiful fall day can quickly turn to tragedy if you fail to buckle up.”

The crackdown, beginning October 18 and ending October 29, marks the second of many seat belt enforcement mobilizations throughout the Blue Ridge Corridor designed to increase seat belt use and decrease motor vehicle fatalities. Motorists can expect to see an increase in enforcement patrols and other enforcement efforts to drive home the message: Click It or Ticket – day and night.

According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 200 passenger vehicle occupants died in crashes in America’s national parks from 2005-2009, and almost half of them (46 percent) were not wearing their seat belts.

For more information, please contact the Chief Rangers Office at (828)271-4779.


Jeff
HikingintheSmokys.com

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