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UTULEI: Monday, May 24, 2010 –Governor Togiola Tulafono today joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Samoa Department of Public Safety to launch the 2010 Click It or Ticket campaign to increase the proper use of seat belts, and with the hope of improving the Territory's ranking as the jurisdiction with the lowest seat belt compliant rate among states and territories.

The Click it or Ticket Mobilization is being observed from May 24th to June 6th, where the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Highway Safety conduct intensive, high-visibility enforcement of the Territory’s seat belt laws.

Governor Togiola encourages the public to buckle up, avoid getting a ticket and possibly save your life.

“It doesn’t take long to put on your seat belt, or the seat belt of your child in the restraint seat, yet, we still have people who do not take the time to put on their seat belt every time they get in a vehicle,” said Governor Togiola. “I urge all drivers and passengers to buckle up all the time. Seat belts are the single most effective piece of safety equipment in a vehicle, and they clearly save lives. So, the Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization is to remind all of us in the Territory that the law says you must wear your seat belt every time you get in a car, no exceptions.”

National usage data for 2008 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows American Samoa with the lowest compliance rate of 55.7%. The other territories fared much better, with Puerto Rico in the top 10 at 92.8%, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 89.8%, Guam 85.0% and U.S. Virgin Islands 82.3%.

The Top 10 states with high compliance rate are: Michigan 97.2%, Hawaii 97.0%, Washington 96.5%, Oregon 96.3%, California 95.7%, Maryland 93.1%, Iowa 92.9%, Puerto Rico 92.8%, New Jersey 91.4%, and Delaware 91.3%.

The state with the lowest compliance rate is Arkansas – 70.4%.

Department of Public Safety statistics report there were three fatal crashes in American Samoa in 2009. Two of those road accidents had drivers not wearing a seat belt and not using a child restraint seat.
American Samoa launches 2010 Click It or Ticket, AS lowest seat belt compliance rate, 55.7%

An Office of Highway Safety survey in December 2009 showed a 5% increase in seat belt compliance in the Territory. However, there was a 5% decrease in the use of child restraint seats.

Governor Togiola expressed his sincere thanks to Public Safety Commissioner Tuaolo Manaia Fruean and the Office of Highway Safety for the Click It or Ticket blitz to increase seat belt enforcement and to educate people about the importance of seat belt use.

“We will continue to encourage seat belt use through enforcement and education on island, with the hope of improving our 55.7% compliance rate and I believe we will,” said Governor Togiola. “The Click It or Ticket campaign is a reminder to wear your seat belt all the time and the necessity of wearing seat belts. We want everyone to understand the dangers of not buckling up, so police officers will be out to push seatbelt enforcement and look specifically for seat belt violations, as well as reward drivers who are wearing their seat belts. So, avoid a ticket, and Click It, all the time.”


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Re: Click It or Ticket, Samoa low seat belt compliance rate of 55.7%
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2010, 01:18:20 PM »
Even going the speed limit...25 mph...it's always a good/smart thing to do.


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