Ready for summer fun? Atlanta auto accident attorney Shane Smith would like to remind you to buckle up.
He's not the only one. Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the 2011 "Click It or Ticket" mobilization.  In Georgia police will be promoting public awareness campaigns and enforcing seat belt laws day and night from May 24 through June 6.
The timing of the campaign has been specially chosen to coincide with the beginning of summer driving season. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash data the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day are among the most dangerous times to travel on Georgia highways. 
To learn more about Memorial Day travel, read "Memorial Day Weekend is Here; Plan For Traffic and Delays."
Wearing a seat belt is the single best way to protect yourself in the event of a Georgia highway accident.  More than 70 percent of vehicle occupants survive car crashes when they are properly buckled up. Depending on the type of vehicle, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal car crash injury by 45 to 60 percent.
In 2008, almost 800 people died in Georgia traffic crashes because they were not wearing a seat belt.

Learn more about seat belt safety in our article: "How Do Seat Belts Save Georgia Lives?"
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