Simple strategies for avoiding a ticket on Memorial Day weekend

Officer Alexis Behrue of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department is congratulated by fellow officer Paul Rogers after being named Officer of the Year during an awards ceremony Thursday, February 20, 2014. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Officer Alexis Behrue of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department is congratulated by fellow officer Paul Rogers during an awards ceremony Thursday, February 20, 2014. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

Busy roads filled with people in a hurry to start their vacations on a three-day weekend can be dangerous. That’s why it’s important to buckle up.

The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department is participating in a statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Officers from May 23 through June 6 will show no tolerance for drivers who aren’t using their seat belts, according to a news release. State law requires all drivers, front-seat passengers and passengers younger than 18 wear a seat belt.

More than 43 percent of people killed in crashes in which seat belt use was required weren’t actually wearing them, according to preliminary data in 2015 the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shared in a news release about the campaign.

A Florida Department of Transportation report in June 2014 found an 89 percent seat belt use rate for drivers and passengers, Florida’s highest at that time. Using a seat belt reduces serious crash-related injuries and deaths by almost half, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Other tips for staying safe this weekend: drive sober; make your backseat passengers buckle up, too; obey all speed limits and don’t drive distracted.

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