KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police to Increase Seat Belt Enforcement During National “Click It or Ticket” Mobilization

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Kingsport Police to Increase Seat Belt Enforcement During National “Click It or Ticket” Mobilization
DATE: November 12, 2020
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and more drivers hit the roads, the Kingsport Police Departmentis partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” From November 16—29, 2020, participating agencies across the state will increase seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide mobilization.

During the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, K.P.D. will be working with fellow law enforcement officers across local and state lines to ensure the seat belt safety message gets out to all drivers and passengers. By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash. First responders see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. They see the loss of life and devastating injuries that could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. That’s why buckling up is more than just a good idea—it’s the law.

According to NHTSA, in 2018, there were 9,778 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6:00 PM—6:00 AM) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.

For more information about seat belt safety or the THSO, please visit

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)


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