Tuesday, May 10, 2011

“Bucks for Buckling Up” - Personal Responsibility Reaps Financial Rewards

Prince George’s County, Maryland…These days, who couldn’t use an extra buck?  Your chance to earn a buck starts May 11th and continues through May 24th, 2011.

As a part of the National Click It or Ticket campaign, the Prince George’s Community Federal Credit Union, which has donated the cash, is joining the Maryland State Highway Administration’s Highway Safety Office and the Prince George’s County Police Department in this year’s Buckle Up for A Buck program.  Law enforcement officers and safety advocates will distribute $1 bills to drivers who have all occupants buckled up securely in their vehicles.  Those riding unrestrained will receive educational materials about the effectiveness of seat belts and child safety seats in saving lives and reducing injuries.

Motorists are encouraged to come out and participate in the Buckle Up for a Buck programs on the listed dates and times:
·         May 11, 2011 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Capital Centre at the Boulevard (near Chick-Fil-A)
·         May 16, 2011 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Woodmore Center (near Wegmans)
·         May 18, 2011 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Bowie Town Center (near Bed Bath and Beyond)
·         May 24, 2011 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Beltsville area (exact location to be announced)

“The Click It or Ticket campaign is not about writing tickets, it is about education and awareness to prevent traffic injuries that abruptly end lives and shatter the lives of those injured or left behind.  Proper seat belt usage is unequivocally the primary reason why most drivers and passengers avoid serious physical injury when involved in a traffic crash,” said Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw.  

Click It or Ticket is an annual national mobilization campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Maryland State Highway Administration’s Safety Office.  Aimed at increasing seat belt use among all drivers and passengers in the United States, the campaign relies heavily on enforcement and education.

Media are encouraged to attend these events.  For more information, contact the Press Information Office at 301-772-4710. 

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