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Click it, or Ticket: Buckle Up America Week

Did you all here about New Jersey governor Jon Corzine? He was busted up in an auto accident and then was busted by the NJPD for not wearing his seat belt. He asked for it, literally. Corzine decided a little bit too late for his personal safety to be a seat belt role model. Hopefully we can all learn from his mistake.

Seriously folks, it is Buckle Up America Week. Wearing your seat belt, every time you get in your car, is an easy way to protect your health. Should an accident happen, wearing your seat belt reduces your chance of critical injury by 90%. Everyone in a car should wear a seat belt, that means front seat and back seat passengers alike. You should wear your seat belt day or night, in heavy traffic or in light traffic and when driving in the city and when driving on a rural road. You get the point - you should ALWAYS wear your seat belt.

This year the Buckle Up campaign is focusing on night time enforcement of the seat belt law. So, before you put your car in gear, buckle up. Remember - Click IT, or Ticket, or in Governor Corzine's case worse than just a ticket.

Fit's Tip: My husband had a serious aversion to seat belts (don't know if he thought he was being a bad boy or what?), every time we got in the car I would remind him to put on his seat belt. I told him, since he found my reminders annoying, that it was just another way of saying "I love you." Well, that might be all sweet and cute, but three tickets later for violating the seat belt law has forced him to change his ways. The tickets increase substantially with each violation and money talks the way "nagging" can't.

Mickey-tee Mickey-tee 10 years
im so use to wearing a seat belt i always just put it on without thinking
andrea426 andrea426 10 years
yup apparently it's click it or ticket month. i wasn't wearing one in the passanger seat and got a ticket indeed. i own up to it. but the cop was just having too much of a power trip with it. roar!
katie225 katie225 10 years
i really hate the commercials for this campaign which show a car full of young people not wearing their seatbelts, unaware of the law. young people like myself were raised with the seatbelt laws, whose baby boomer parents were focused on safety above all else. we are so used to seatbelts that not wearing one just feels wrong, even to move the car out of the driveway. the real people who have the issue with this campaign and will be likely to get tickets are people who weren't raised in a state with the law, or were raised during a time when it wasn't a big deal and people didn't wear their seatbelts that often.
SU3 SU3 10 years
Funny story, Fit! :P
juiceejuice juiceejuice 10 years
I never had a problem with not wearing my seatbelts. it's always second nature. but i know a lot who hat wearing it or have to be reminded of it, which seems so strange to me. Sometimes when I travel to other countries, where seatbelts aren't enforced like they are here, I still always wear mine, because it's just something I do automatically when I get in a car.
smarler smarler 10 years
When I was a new driver, I never wore my seatbelt. One car accident later, I was converted and have never looked back. It's just a habit now and I don't even really think about it.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I am really surprised to see people not wearing their seat belts. It is second nature for me. It actually feels weird when you don't wear it.
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