Click It or Ticket (CIOT) is a traffic enforcement and public education program conducted between April and June every year in Alabama in an effort to improve highway safety through the use of seat belts.
Multiple agencies and organizations participate in this effort under the leadership of the Office of Highway Safety in the Law Enforcement/Traffic Safety (LETS) Division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).
CAPS has been involved in the Click It or Ticket program since its 2001 inception.
Seat belt usage was evaluated:
- Prior to COIT program by direct observation of vehicles, based upon a carefully designed sampling technique
- After COIT program by a telephone survey and direct observation
Alabamians are aware of the CIOT program and know they should be wearing their seat belts. Restraint use decreased slightly from 92.9% in 2017 to 91.8% in 2018.
- Women wore their seat belts a greater percentage of the time than men (93.03% vs. 86.17%).
- The child restraint usage rate was estimated to be 91.8%.
- 66.6% of phone respondents had seen or heard seat belt messages that encourage seat belt use.
- Only 3.25% of phone respondents said they drove without a seat belt within the past year.
- 97.2% of phone respondents stated that they wanted to be wearing their seat belts if they were ever involved in a crash.
An enforcement exercise was conducted over a two-week period.
- 79 child restraint citations were given.
- 2,658 seat belt citations were given.
- 16,787 total citations, arrests, and warnings were issued.
The 2018 Click It or Ticket program was very effective, although there is still room for improvement. The Click It or Ticket campaign has been conducted in Alabama annually since 2001.