Guam – “Seat belts save lives, and everyone – front seat or back, child and adult – needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time, ” said Vincent Arriola, acting director and representative of the Governor’s Highway Safety. Arriola spoke during the proclamation signing of the Click It or Ticket Campaign on Friday, May 10.
The public service initiative is part of a national and local high-visibility enforcement effort that runs from May 20 to June 2. It is aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero expressed her pride in knowing that the public awareness campaign is working, most especially among the island’s youth.
“So your biggest campaigners are the children of Guam so I just want to relay that, as an example of how important this campaign is and really appreciate the GPD, GFD, the military police officers, and everyone who really works together to assure that our community is safe,” Leon Guerrero said.
Arriola added, “No matter what type of vehicle you drive, wearing your seat belts is the best defense against impaired aggressive and distracted drivers.”
He said the safest way to ride is being properly buckled up. Your seat belt should be placed across the middle of your chest and away from your neck, with the lap belt across your hip and not your stomach.
In addition, he said never put belts behind your back or under your arm.
Arriola concluded, “High visibility enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of driving. So if you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. You can help spread this lifesaving message before one more friend or a family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction.”