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 CIOT program by direct observation of vehicles, based upon a carefully designed sampling technique
- After CIOT program by a telephone survey and direct observation
The evaluations from 2022 show that overall Alabamians are getting the message; they know they should be wearing their seat belts. Restraint use increased from 91.3% in 2021 to 92.7% in 2022. Some of the other important facts and findings from the program are summarized below:
- Women wore their seat belts a greater percentage of the time than men (96.0% vs. 87.8%).
- The child restraint usage rate was estimated to be 93.5%.
- 93% of phone respondents are aware of the Alabama seat belt law.
- 96% 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.
- Members from 83 law enforcement agencies participated from the municipal to the state level..
- Local officers worked a total of 4,450 hours.
- 14,103 total citations, arrests, and warnings were issued.
The 2022 Click It or Ticket program was extremely effective, although there is room for improvement. The Click It or Ticket campaign has been conducted in Alabama since 2001. Due to COVID-19 restrictions during 2020, the CIOT enforcement and media campaign was conducted but observational and phone surveys were not conducted that year.