Maryland experienced 534 lives lost on its highways in 2019. Statistics show that every year, one in three vehicle occupants who died in crashes was not wearing a seat belt.

With these facts in mind, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office (MHSO) is announcing the start of the 2020 Click It or Ticket campaign.

To help launch the campaign, the Maryland State Police, Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the Baltimore County Police Department will conduct seat belt checks in a channelization effort with the help of MDOT State Highway Administration’s Churchville and Golden Ring shops.

Nearly 40 law enforcement agencies across the state are enforcing Click It or Ticket with a multi-state Border-to-Border (B2B) effort – a national one-day effort that includes an enforcement period to address seat belt use.

Local and national ads will air on billboards, television, radio and online through early November to generate awareness.

  • In 2019, 90.3% of Maryland drivers and front-seat passengers wore seat belts when traveling state roadways.
  • In vehicles where the driver is buckled, 93% of passengers buckle up as well. In vehicles with unbuckled drivers, only 40% of passengers buckle up.
  • In Maryland, every driver and passenger must wear a seat belt. Children under the age of 8 must be in an appropriate booster or child safety seat unless they are 4 feet 9 inches or taller. If any passengers older than 16 years old are not wearing a seat belt, the driver can receive an $83 ticket for each offense.

Learn more about the MDOT MVA’s Highway Safety Office at ZeroDeathsMD.gov or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ZeroDeathsMD.