Click It or Ticket Public Safety Campaign Ongoing from May 23 to June 5, 2022
Hagåtña, Guam – The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration reminds the people of Guam that law enforcement teams are conducting the annual Click It or Ticket seat belt awareness campaign from May 23 to June 5, 2022. The Department of Public Works (DPW) Office of Highway Safety, in collaboration with law enforcement officers, are exercising checkpoints islandwide to increase awareness of seat belt laws and to enhance public safety initiatives.
“Last year, our island recorded 16 auto fatalities, six of which involved unbuckled vehicle occupants, and all of which were completely preventable,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “According to Guam’s 2021 Seat Belt Usage report, 93% of local drivers and front-seat passengers were observed to be wearing their seat belts. While these statistics show that the vast majority of our people abide by seat belt requirements, our work to ensure no lives are unnecessarily lost on Guam’s roads must continue.”
“On the road to recovery, we encourage our community to remind family and friends to buckle up and promote safety on our island’s highways,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “Guam’s penalty for a seat belt violation is $100, and $200 if an individual is found to have committed an additional violation within one year of a prior violation. Beyond the law, seat belts are proven to save lives, and everyone – child and adult, front seat and back – needs to remember to buckle up.”
“This campaign is important because it raises awareness about seat belt safety during a time when seat belt use is usually decreased,” said DPW Director Vince Arriola. “With an increased number of cars flooding the roads due to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, it’s imperative we get the word out about the importance of seat belt safety.”
“We aren’t handing out tickets for the thrill of it. If enforcement wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we’ll consider our mission a success,” said Guam Police Department Chief Stephen Ignacio. “If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to change their habits. Help us spread this life saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction.”
For more information, contact the DPW Office of Highway Safety at 671-646-3229.