Nine out of ten Georgians are buckling up and saving lives on Georgia highways, according to an observational survey completed during the summer and released by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

These safety figures were announced in time for the start of the "Click It or Ticket" safety belt enforcement campaign that began yesterday and runs through the Thanksgiving holiday travel period ending November 28.

More than 500 local law enforcement agencies statewide and the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) will be participating in the November 2010 "Click It or Ticket" mobilization.

More than half the Georgians killed in car crashes in 2008 were not wearing safety belts. Yet seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants in passenger cars by 45 percent and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs, and minivans.

This holiday travel period, police will use concentrated patrols and roadchecks to continue to push aggressively for seat belt compliance for the ten percent of Georgians who do not buckle-up. As in a growing number of states, Georgia’s primary safety belt law authorizes traffic enforcement officers to write seat belt tickets whenever they observe unbelted drivers or passengers.

A new Georgia law now requires pickup truck occupants to buckle-up too.

During last year’s 102-hour Thanksgiving travel period the Georgia State Patrol reported 3,089 crashes, 730 injuries and 12 fatalities.