Teens told to "Click it or Ticket"

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi Police are encouraging teen drivers to buckle up. Tuesday afternoon, patrol officers enforced their Click it or Ticket program at Biloxi High School.

"I try to put on my seatbelt all the time," said Danielle Alvendia, a junior at Biloxi High.

Alvendia says she's knows the importance of buckling up, but sometimes it just slips her mind.

"You are in a rush to get out of school and you don't think about it probably," Alvendia said.

Her classmate, Jacob Skrmetti says he always wears his seatbelt.

"I've had a few family members who have been in real bad car accidents and they wore their seatbelts and it saved their lives, no doubt about it," Skrmetti said.

A 2007 report from the Mississippi Department of Transportation revealed that there were 39 fatal accidents in Harrison County.

"Out of those 39 in Harrison County, 19 of them involved teenagers who were not buckled up," said patrol officer Spurgeron Crosby.

That's just one reason Officer Crosby and school officials are going the extra mile to make sure these teen drivers are safe before they hit the roads.

"We want all our kids to be safe and to get home safe every day," said Crosby.

Officers did not give out any tickets at Tuesday's Click it or Ticket teen demo. That's because almost all of the teens were wearing their seatbelts. Instead, they rewarded the teenagers for buckling up with cell phone grips and free music download cards.

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