An article on DelmarvaNow this morning reports that officers in Prince George’s County, MD will be handing out cash to drivers who use their seatbelts. Police officers are conducting seat belt checks as part of the Click-It or Ticket campaign. They are ticketing drivers who are not wearing seat belts or who have passengers that are not wearing their seat belts. But they are taking the additional step of rewarding those in compliance by handing out dollar bills to those who have their seat belts on. The promotion is sponsored by a local bank and the police department.
When I read this article initially, I thought to myself something along the lines of “that’s just ridiculous”. But then I got to thinking about it, and it kind of makes sense to me. These police officers are using the old carrot-and-the-stick method to get citizens to do the right thing for safety.
Seat belts cut the risk of serious injury or death from an automobile accident by more than half. There are two collisions in a car accident. The first is the car hitting another vehicle or fixed object. The second is the collision of the occupant with something else – the driver hits the windshield or the passenger collides with the door frame or dash. Seatbelts prevent that secondary internal collision from causing serious injury or death in many cases. Click here for a good explanation on the UD website.
So I suppose it is silly to hand out dollar bills to seatbelt users, but on the other hand maybe if someone is not ejected from their automobile and killed in a highway traffic accident because they had their seatbelt on, it’ll be a dollar well spent.
Buckle up, folks!
Benjamin A. Schwartz represents people injured and the families of those killed (whether or not they wore their seatbelt) in car accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, bus accidents, and motorcycle accidents. If you would like to speak to Ben about your accident case, please contact us.