Armed Robbery – Sleep Inn

                                             

 

On July 16, 2018 at approximately 2:55 a.m., Officers responded to the Sleep Inn, located at 10393 Old Highway 49, in reference to an Armed Robbery. Patrol Units and Detectives responded.

The victim stated an unknown black male, approximately 6’00’, with a thin build, wearing a white t shirt and gray sweatpants, came to the front counter to inquire about renting a room. The suspect exited the front door and returned approximately a minute later and pointed a black semi-automatic firearm and demanded money. After removing an undisclosed amount of currency the suspect fled in a four door red vehicle. Surveillance footage of the incident and still images from a nearby gas station where the same suspect stopped are included below.

This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this incident contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

Embezzlement Arrest – Edwin Collins

                                             

 

On June 25, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 28 year old Edwin Le’Troy Collins, charging him with one count of Embezzlement.

On June 20, 2018, the Gulfport Police Department was contacted for a complaint of embezzlement from the Exxon located at 11298 Highway 49. The complainant stated that several cash deposits between June 10, 2018 and June 20, 2018 were missing. The amount of missing deposits was over $1,800. The resulting investigation led to the arrest of Edwin Collins who was the manager who was responsible for the deposits. A warrant was obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray who set bond at $10,000. On June 25, 2018 Collins turned himself in at the Gulfport Police Department. He was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

 

 

Armed Robbery Arrest – Justin Michael Smith, Cierrial Nitwar Sunkins

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On June 13, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 34 year old Justin Michael Smith, of Gulfport , charging him with one count of Armed Robbery. The Gulfport Police Department arrested 28 year old Cierrial Nitwar Sunkins, of Gulfport, charging her with one count of Accessory After the Fact. Warrants were obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner who set bonds for Smith at $300,000 and Sunkins at $50,000.

The arrests were the result of a patrol response to the 3200 block of West Beach Boulevard in reference a report of armed robbery. The victim stated that her purse was taken at gunpoint. The victim gave Officers a description of the suspect and suspect’s vehicle. A Gulfport Detective and Patrol units responded. A Patrol Officer responding to the area spotted a vehicle which matched the description given by the victim. The vehicle, a Chevrolet HHR, was stopped and the occupants identified as Smith and Sunkins. The resulting investigation led to the arrest of Smith and Sunkins.

They were processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

Sunkins 

Smith     

Sexual Battery Arrest – Byren Tyrek Williams

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On June 9, 2018, Officers arrested 19 year old Byren Tyrek Williams, of Gulfport charging him with one count of Sexual Battery. The warrants were obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray who set bond at $50,000. Williams was also charged with one count of Lustful Touching with bond set at $20,000 from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

On June 8, 2018, Officers of the Gulfport Police Department were dispatched to the 4500 block of Engram Drive. Officers made contact with a female juvenile (identification withheld) who stated on June 6, 2018 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Williams forced a sex act upon her. Williams was known to the juvenile. While a Detective was investigating the initial complaint, a second juvenile victim (identification withheld) was located who stated that Williams had inappropriately touched her on June 1. Williams was also known to the second victim. Williams was located and arrested without incident in the 4500 block of Engram Drive.

Williams was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

Operation Triple Beam

                                             

 

Between April 16 – April 20, 2018, the Gulfport Police Narcotics Division, US Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, MBN, ATF, HSI and MDOC participated in a cooperative operation (Operation Shark Tank). This effort aimed at targeting felony offenders throughout the Gulf Coast through pro-active patrols, warrant roundups and undercover operations. This 5-day operation resulted in the arrest of 40 individuals for charges ranging from Sale of a Controlled Substance to Sex Offender registry violation. Several firearms and narcotics were seized during this operation.

This cooperative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement is a demonstration of the working relationships shared here on the Gulf Coast. Criminals should know the Gulfport Police Department will use every recourse at its disposal to detect, disrupt, and bring to justice all that seek to commit crime in our city.

The following is a list of the individuals arrested in the City of Gulfport and their charges:

  1. FREDRICK, BRODERICK – Possession of Marijuana, Resisting by Flight
  2. TILLMAN, MELISSA – Sale of Cocaine
  3. SMITH, DURRELL – Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Weapon by a convicted Felon
  4. TOWNER, JASMINE – Possession of Marijuana
  5. GARDNER, JAMEEL – Sale of Marijuana
  6. CRUMPTON, CHANCY – Sale of a Controlled Substance
  7. EVANS, SYDERECK – Sale of a Controlled Substance
  8. CLARK, EBONY – Possession of Pharmaceuticals
  9. CLEMONS, ERIC – Sale of Cocaine Base
  10. BALL, AMOS – Sale of Marijuana
  11. JERNIGAN, JOHN – Possession of Marijuana
  12. BAZOR, BRANDY – Possession of Marijuana
  13. FARRIS, RICHARD – Possession of Paraphernalia
  14. TUNER, COURTNEY – Possession of Marijuana
  15. CLEMONS, ERIC – Sale of Cocaine Base, MDOC Violation
  16. MILLER, CHRISTIAN – Possession of Methamphetamine
  17. BALL, AMOS – Sale of a Controlled Substance, Fugitive from Justice (Alabama Department of Corrections)
  18. BELL, GARYION – Possession of Marijuana
  19. ROLLINS, CLARENCE – Possession of Marijuana
  20. AGEE, JASMINE – Possession of Marijuana
  21. LEBEAU, WILLIE – MDOC Violation
  22. DEAN, JAMIE – Possession of Methamphetamine
  23. MASON, JEREMY – Possession of Paraphernalia
  24. BYRD, JAVON – Federal Weapons Charge
  25. BROWN, DANIEL – Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon
  26. BRANDON, DEONDRA – Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon
  27. BUTLER, MILTON – Sale of a controlled Substance
  28. CASEY, CHRISTOPHER – Sale of a Controlled Substance
  29. CLARK, DARRIUS – MDOC Violation
  30. CLARK, DOUGLAS – MDOC Violation
  31. FARRIS, RICHARD – Possession of Paraphernalia
  32. HAMBY, JOHN – Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
  33. LOWE, REGINALD – Contempt of Court
  34. PEARSON, RENALDO – Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
  35. PERKINS, JOSHUA – POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA
  36. SCOTT, REGINALD – Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
  37. SPARKMANL, QWENTEN – Sale OF a Controlled Substance
  38. TYLER, BRODERICK – Possession of a Controlled Substance
  39. WILLIS, BRANDON – Grand Larceny, Possession of Paraphernalia
  40. WORLDS, GARRID – Fugitive from Justice (Burglary)

Note: Operation Shark Tank is the title of the local execution of the Federal Operation Triple Beam.

Burglary of a Business – Public Assistance Request

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On May 23, 2018 and June 5, 2018 the same male suspect forced entry into Amelia’s Tires located at 14517 Dedeaux Road. The suspect forced his way through a door. Once in the garage the suspect entered the office area removed tools and an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is a white male with a beard, wears glasses, medium build, tattoos on both forearms. (See photos below)

This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this incident contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

 

 

Attempted Murder Arrest – Johnny Anthony Carter

                                             

 

 

On June 5, 2018, Officers arrested 37 year old Johnny Anthony Carter, of Gulfport charging him with one count of Attempted Murder. The warrants were obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Louise Ladner who set bond at $250,000.

The arrest was the result of a patrol response to the area of the 4200 block of 20th Street in reference to a firearms discharge. Responding Officers were canvassing the area when they observed a 54 year old female suffering from gunshot wounds. A male identified as Johnny Carter was nearby and immediately detained by an Officer. The female was transported to an area hospital where her current condition is listed as critical. The resulting investigation revealed that Carter and the victim were engaged in a dispute when Carter retrieved a handgun and shot her twice, once in the body and once in the head while on the porch of a residence. A handgun was recovered from the residence. Carter and the victim were acquaintances. Carter was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this incident contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

Aggravated Domestic Arrest – William Brent Ladner

                                             

 

 

On June 3, 2018, Officers arrested 37 year old William Brent Ladner, of Gulfport charging him with one count of Aggravated Domestic Assault. The warrants were obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Louise Ladner who set bond at $25,000.

On June 3, 2018 at 10:59 a.m. Officers responded to the area of the 14000 block of Dunnbarton Drive in reference to a complaint of domestic assault. The complainant stated that she was in a relationship with Ladner. The complainant stated that during an altercation Ladner struck and choked her. The complainant had visible signs of injury to her face and neck. The injuries were not life threatening. A Gulfport Detective responded and the resulting investigation led to the issuance of a warrant charging Ladner with one count of Aggravated Domestic Assault.

On June 3, 2018 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Ladner was arrested after he returned to the 14000 block of Dunnbarton Drive. He was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

Credit Card Fraud Arrest – Donna Demaniou

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On May 30, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 52 year old Donna Rae Demaniou, charging her with one count of felony Credit Card Fraud.

On May 12, 2018, the Gulfport Police Department was contacted for a complaint of credit card fraud. The victim stated that someone had made purchases of totaling over $900 throughout Gulfport. A Gulfport Detective was assigned and conducted followups where the card was used. After obtaining video surveillance of the suspect, Donna Demaniou was identified. A warrant was obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray who set bond at $50,000. Demaniou was located and arrested without incident. She was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

Embezzlement Arrest – Jennifer Carmack

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On May 30, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 31 year old Jennifer Michelle Carmack, charging her with one count of Embezzlement.

On May 26, 2018, the Gulfport Police Department was contacted for a complaint of embezzlement from the McDonald’s located at 11167 Lorraine Road. The complainant stated that at least three cash deposits totaling over $7,500 were missing. The resulting investigation led to the arrest of Jennifer Carmack who was the manager who should have made the deposits. A warrant was obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Louise Ladner who set bond at $5,000. On May 30, 2018 Carmack turned herself in at the Gulfport Police Department. She was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

 

Cultivation of Marijuana Arrest – Austin Thomas Hester

                                             

 

On May 25, 2018 at approximately 5:51 p.m., the Gulfport Police Department arrested 23 year old Austin Thomas Hester, of Gulfport, for one count of Cultivation of Marijuana. His bond was set at $15,000 by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner.

The arrest was the result of a patrol response to a disturbance call in the 14000 block of Marie Road. While investigating the complaint, Patrol Officers observed seven marijuana plants growing in the backyard of the residence. A Detective responded and obtained a search warrant for the property. Detectives located a room used to grow marijuana inside of the residence. As a result of the investigation Hester was charged with Cultivation of Marijuana. He was served on his warrant at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. Hester had already been arrested on an unrelated charge.

 

Disturbance of the Peace Arrest – Sex Offender James Kenny

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On May 25, 2018 at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Gulfport Police Department arrested 46 year old James Andrew Kenny, of Gulfport, for one count of misdemeanor Disturbance of the Public Peace. His bond was set at $1,000.

The arrest was the result of complaints received against Kenny for following females while in stores, and taking numerous photographs. Kenny has stated that the intended purpose of the photographs was for his personal sexual interests. James Kenny is a convicted sex offender. He is listed on the sex offender registry at http://state.sor.dps.ms.gov/  The Gulfport Police Department has received several complaints regarding Kenny’s behavior by citizens who were disturbed and concerned for their safety in the Crossroads Mall area. The Gulfport Police Department has viewed reports on social media of Kenny’s similar activity at other Gulfport locations.

James Kenny was located and arrested without incident in the 12100 block of Five Oaks Drive. He was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. Electronic devices were collected during Kenny’s arrest. The devices are being reviewed for further criminal activity. If anyone has further information regarding these incidents, contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959.

 

 

 

Narcotics Paraphernalia Confiscated from Gulfport Stores

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On May 25, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department executed four search warrants regarding narcotics activity at the following locations 1201 19th Street, 4613 Old Pass Road, 13042 Dedeaux Road, and 2354 East Pass Road. There were several items collected from each store which were being sold in order to aid in the consumption of illegal narcotics. These investigations are ongoing. Charges regarding the sale of Drug Paraphernalia are pending. Photographs from each location are below. These items were displayed for sale. In each case it was determined that the items were sold for the purpose of consuming illegal narcotics. In total, 2,690 pieces were collected with a total estimated value of $20,000.

Items confiscated from Brothers Mini Mart located at 4613 Old Pass Road

 

Items confiscated from Corner Discount Store located at 1201 19th Street

 

Items confiscated from Tran Food Mart located at 13042 Dedeaux Road

  

 

Items confiscated from Texaco located at 2354 East Pass Road

Simple Assault on a Police Officer Arrest – Kelvin Homes, Taro-Javier Robinson

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On May 23, 2018 at approximately 12:38 a.m. Kelvin Lamont Holmes (25 years old, of Gulfport) and Taro-Javier Robinson (24 years old, of Gulfport) entered the Gulfport Police Department 24 hour lobby located at 2220 15th Street to inquire about the unrelated arrest of a relative. While inside of the Police Department Holmes became agitated and began to use loud vulgar language. Officers advised Holmes that he was under arrest for disorderly conduct and told Holmes to place his hands behind his back. Holmes did not comply at which time Officers attempted to arrest him. Holmes pulled away and a struggle occurred. During the struggle Holmes assaulted an Officer by trying to climb on top of him and hold him down. Robinson attempted to pull the Officer away to assist Holmes.  Officers struggled with Robinson and Holmes until they were secured and arrested.

Homes and Robinson were initially charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Those charges were upgraded to felony Simple Assault on a Police Officer after further review. Warrants were obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner who set bond at $40,000 each.

Homes and Robinson were processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

Kelvin Holmes                           

Taro-Javier Rheon Robinson 

Assault on Officer x 2 Arrest – Raphael Lorenzo Parkman

                                             

 

On May 22, 2018 at approximately 3:12 p.m., a Gulfport Police Officer was flagged down by a citizen at the Crossroads Shopping Center. While speaking with the citizen Raphael Parkman approached Officers and began to interrupt them. Parkman made statements such as “Why don’t you just shoot me!” and “Pull the trigger”. The Officer advised him to leave as they attempted to continue speaking with another citizen. Parkman again approached the Officer using loud profane language. Due to Parkman’s action a second Officer responded to assist.

Officers observed Parkman escalating in his behavior. Officers noted shoppers in the area were visibly shaken by Parkman’s actions. Officers approached Parkman and observed him to be under the influence of alcohol or another substance. As Officers were attempting to address Parkman, Parkman began to assault the Officers by striking them with his elbow and scratching another on his face. Parkman was arrested after a struggle.

Parkman was charged with Drunkenness in Public (bond $277.25)  and two counts of Simple Assault on a Police Officers. Warrants for Simple Assault on a Police Officer were obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner. Parkman was transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

 

Shooting – 3100 block of 7th Ave

                                             

On May 22, 2018 at 11:38 p.m., Officers responded to the 3100 block of 7th Avenue in reference to a report of a vehicle in a ditch after hearing gunshots in the area. Officers located a Nissan Altima occupied by an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The male was transported to Memorial Hospital for treatment and air lifted to USA Hospital in Mobile Alabama. His condition is critical. Gulfport Patrol, Crime Scene Units, and Detectives responded. The resulting investigation revealed that the male was shot while occupying the parked Altima in the 3100 block of 7th Avenue. It was stated that two black males were observed fleeing the area on foot. We will update this release as the investigation develops.

This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information regarding this incident contact the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at (877)787-5898.

Sexual Battery Arrest – Eliezer Beamen

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On May 22, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 26 year old Eliezer Manoah Beamen, of Gulfport, charging him with one count of felony Sexual Battery (Bond $50,000 obtained from Harrison County Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner) and one count of misdemeanor False Information (Bond $677.25) .

On May 21, 2018, the Gulfport Police Department was contacted regarding a complaint of sexual battery against Beamen. The incident occurred in the 2400 block of Bullis Ave on May 21, 2018. An adult female known to Beaman stated that Beaman touched her inappropriately while she slept. A Gulfport Detective investigated the incident which led to a warrant being obtained. Beamen was contacted by Gulfport Patrol Officers on May 22, 2018 at approximately 3:26 a.m. Beamen gave a false name to Officers during the encounter. Beamen’s identity was ascertained by Officers on the scene. Beamen was arrested, processed, and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

 

 

 

Exposing Others to HIV Arrest – Tyrone Ross

                                             

 

On May 20, 2018 the Gulfport Police Department arrested 29 year old Tyrone Ross, of Gulfport, charging him with one count of Knowingly Exposing Others to HIV. The warrant was obtained from Municipal Court Judge Kirk Clark who set bond at $200,000.

The arrest was the result of a complaint received against Ross at Memorial Hospital. The complainant stated that he met Ross while in jail. They became intimate while in jail, and continued the relationship once they were released. The relationship was between October 2015 and May 2018. The complainant stated that he learned that Ross may have HIV. Ross has been convicted twice previously for Knowing Exposing Others to HIV. Ross was located and arrested without incident. He was processed and transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

 

Dog Bite Statistics For May 2016 to May 2018

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The Gulfport Police Department has compiled a list of reported dog bites from the past two years. This list was created to emphasize the danger of dogs allowed to run at large. Dog bites involving animals at large are far more likely to occur than dogs not at large. Every dog owner should ensure that their animals are restrained and not allowed to freely roam. Not only is it a crime, it is extremely dangerous. A dog only needs to bite once to cause serious injury or death. These incidents could be drastically reduced or avoided if owners kept their dogs restrained.

Equally important is for citizens, especially children, to not approach an animal that does not belong to them.

 

Reported dog bites of persons for period of May 2016 – May 2018, segregated by breed and at large during bite or not
Breed At Large during bite Not At Large during bite
Pit Bull 56 07
Shepard 06
Boxer 04
Labrador 03 02
Rottweiler 02 01
Chihuahua 02 01
Bulldog 02
Doberman 01
Chow 01 01
Schnauzer 01
Corso 01
Pomsky 01
Terrier 01
Corgi mix 01
Jack Russell 01
Heeler 01
Husky 01
Mastiff 01
Daschund 01
Akita 01
No breed described by R/P 19
Totals 106 13

 

Reported dog bites of other animals for period of May 2016 – May 2018, segregated by breed and at large during bite or not
Breed At Large during bite Not At Large during bite
Pit Bull 40
Shepard 04
Labrador 04
Curr 03
Terrier 03
Bulldog 02
Rottweiler 02
Blood Hound 01
Mastiff 01
Jack Russell 01
Boxer 01
King Courser 01
No breed described by R/P 11
Totals 73 01

2018 Click it or Ticket – May 21 to June 3

2018 Click It or Ticket With a Border to Border Kick-Off

Fact Sheet

Change Habits to Save Lives

Be a Part of the Progress

  • From May 21-June 3, State and local law enforcement agencies across the Nation are stepping up enforcement to crack down on motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belts.
  • For this year’s Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization effort, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking all States to participate in the kickoff event Border to Border (B2B), a 1-day national seat belt-awareness event coordinated by participating State highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons. The B2B program aims to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt enforcement and providing seat belt fact sheets for drivers at heavily traveled, highly visible State border checkpoints.
  • The B2B kick off will include a 4-hour enforcement crackdown from 4–8 p.m. on Monday, May 21. The focus of B2B is on the nighttime hours, during which seat belt use is at its lowest. The operation will include both interstates and local roadways, and NHTSA is asking all States to participate this year.

Enforce Life-Saving Laws

  • Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives. In 2016, there were 10,428 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. To help prevent crash fatalities, we need to step up enforcement and crack down on those who don’t wear their seat belts.
  • Seat belt use is required by law for a reason: In 2016, seat belts saved an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants 5 and older. From 2012 to 2016, seat belts saved nearly 67,000 lives.
  • If all passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, an additional 2,456 lives could have been saved in 2016 alone.

Face the Facts

  • The national seat belt use rate in 2016 was 90.1 percent, which is good—but we can do better. The other 9.9 percent still need to be reminded that seat belts save lives.
  • Among young adults 18 to 34 killed in crashes in 2016, more than half (57%) were completely unrestrained—one of the highest percentages for all age groups.
  • Men make up the majority of those killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In 2016, 65 percent of the 23,714 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed were men. It comes as no surprise that men wear their seat belts at a lower rate than women do – 52 percent of men in fatal crashes were unrestrained, compared to 40 percent of women.
  • High-visibility seat belt enforcement is important 24 hours a day, but nighttime is especially deadly for unbuckled occupants. In 2016, 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts.

Bust the Myths

  • Vehicle type: There seems to be a misconception among those who drive and ride in pickup trucks that their large vehicles will protect them better than other vehicles would in a crash. The numbers say otherwise: 61 percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed in 2016 were not buckled up. That’s compared to 42 percent of passenger car occupants who were not wearing seat belts when they were killed. Regardless of vehicle type, seat belt use is the single most effective way to stay alive in a crash.
  • Seating position: Too many people wrongly believe they are safe in the back seat unrestrained. Forty-seven percent of all front-seat passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained, but 57 percent of those killed in back seats were unrestrained.
  • Rural versus urban locations: People who live in rural areas might believe that their crash exposure is lower, but in 2016, there were 13,732 passenger vehicle fatalities in rural locations, compared to 9,366 fatalities in urban locations. Out of those fatalities, 49 percent of those killed in the rural locations were not wearing their seat belts, compared to 46 percent in urban locations.

Click It or Ticket—Day and Night

  • High-visibility seat belt enforcement is important 24 hours a day, but nighttime is especially deadly for unbuckled occupants. In 2016, 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts.

Learn more about the Click It or Ticket mobilization at www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.