WASHINGTON, DC, MAY 25, 2012 – As people across the country gear up for Memorial Day weekend, the Association of Global Automakers joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) in reminding drivers to buckle up. NHTSA has launched its annual “Click it or Ticket” program where roughly 10,000 law enforcement officers will be on the roads writing tickets to unbelted drivers in an effort to help save lives.
“With a spike in drivers on the road this holiday weekend, it’s a good time to remind people to buckle up and avoid dangerous activities such as texting while driving,” said Michael J. Stanton, president and CEO of Global Automakers. “From 2006 to 2010, seat belts saved the lives of more than 69,000 people in motor vehicle crashes, but there is still more work to be done.”
The annual two-week NHTSA “Click it or Ticket” mobilization program has resulted in over three million seat belt citations in the past five years. According to NHTSA, in 2011, 84 percent of drivers and passengers buckled up, a significant increase since 1994 when the rate was only at 58 percent.
“While automakers are doing their part to make vehicles safe, drivers and passengers alike need to practice sensible driving habits,” said Mike Stanton. “We don’t want the sun and fun of summer to cloud people’s judgments and cause them to forget about the rules of the road.”
Our members are taking a holistic approach to automotive safety by addressing both protection and prevention. Just as we supported legislative efforts to increase seat belt use and deter drunk driving, we support banning drivers from using hand-held devices for texting and using hand-held phones while driving. We see public-private partnerships as the best way to examine new research, regulations, and opportunities to decrease accidents caused by driver behavior.
The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. Our members’ market share of both U.S. sales and production is 40 percent and growing. We work with industry leaders, legislators, and regulators to create the kind of public policy that improves vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation, and protects our planet. Our goal is to foster a competitive environment in which more vehicles are designed and built to enhance Americans’ quality of life. For more information, visit www.globalautomakers.org.
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