05/20/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
Daytona Beach, FL – A Florida man was critically injured on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, after he lost control of his SUV on Interstate 95 and was ejected, according to reports from the Orlando Sentinel.
The driver, 19-year-old Larry Le was traveling north on the highway near Scottsmoor when his 1994 Nissan Pathfinder ran into the median and rolled, throwing him out of the vehicle. Le was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Le was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The FHP also pointed out that Le had received a traffic citation for not wearing a belt earlier that day.
His seatbelt ticket was issued as part of the three-week-long “Click It or Ticket” national campaign. The campaign began Monday, May 17 and will end on June 6.
The three-week period marks a time when federal, state and local police agencies raise awareness of seatbelt laws and increase tickets for those whom do not comply.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated the group of adults least likely to wear seatbelts consists of men between the ages of 18 and 34.
The NHTSA also reported the Click It or Ticket campaign has proven to be the most successful seatbelt enforcement effort ever, helping raise the national seatbelt usage rate up to 84 percent.
The efforts are highlighted through national and local paid advertising and media campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the oncoming tickets before the blitz.