Unless you want to be among the 1,099 Georgians injured or 21 killed in vehicular accidents this holiday weekend, wear your seat belt and secure your children in a car seat.

Those numbers are the dire predictions from the Georgia State Patrol for the busy weekend, starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ending at midnight Sunday. The GSP says the injuries and fatalities will result from 3,926 accidents during that time.

To help stem the number of injuries and fatalities, law enforcement agencies across the state will be issuing tickets to motorists who are not buckled up or fail to use child safety seats.

We're pleased to see the Pentagon is joining the effort this year because more military personnel are killed in vehicular crashes than in combat and training. Men 18 to 25 comprise a large percent of military personnel and are less likely to buckle their seat belts.

We applaud this "Click it or Ticket" campaign. A mountain of statistics supports the use of seat belts and child safety seats as a way to prevent injury or death, and yet people still refuse to buckle.

Even if you drive the biggest SUV on the road, you must still wear a seat belt and restrain children. If you don't do so this weekend, you'll either get a painful lesson or an expensive one.



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