Click It or Ticket under way

Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, Sheboygan Police, Elkhart Lake Police and Cascade Police agencies to mobilize for Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement through 31.

Numerous agencies in Sheboygan County will mobilize along with hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign from May 18 to 31.

“Our officers are serious about safety belt enforcement. We see far too many drivers and passengers needlessly killed or injured because they were unbuckled in a crash,” says Elkhart Lake Chief Michael Meeusen . “During the Click It or Ticket mobilization and throughout the year, we will stringently enforce Wisconsin’s safety belt law. We’re not trying to write more tickets. Through enforcement and education, we’re striving to get people to buckle up every time they drive or ride in a vehicle.”

Although the state’s safety belt use rate of 85 percent is the highest ever, more than half of the drivers and passengers killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes last year were not wearing safety belts. In addition, last year there were more than 55,000 convictions for failure to fasten a seat belt.

“No matter if it’s day or night, or a short trip or a long journey, drivers and passengers must buckle up. Wearing a safety belt is the best possible protection against being ejected from a vehicle during a crash or thrown around violently inside it and possibly hitting another person in the vehicle with massive force,” Sheboygan Police Chief Christopher Domagalski says. “That’s why Click It or Ticket is more than a slogan to our officers. It’s a life-saving effort.”

In addition to law enforcement efforts to increase compliance with Wisconsin’s safety belt law, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is using federal funding to broadcast TV, radio and web messages statewide urging everyone to buckle up—day or night and every trip. The messages feature Donald Driver, the Green Bay Packers’ alltime leading receiver who also is a “driver who always wears his seat belt.” A new video of Driver quizzing some unsuspecting Wisconsin drivers about their seat belt use is available online at: zeroinwisconsin. gov (http://www.zeroinwisconsin.gov/index.html). In addition, people can complete a fun and informative online traffic safety quiz at zeroinwisconsin. gov (http://zeroinwisconsin.gov/DriverSafetyQuiz.asp) for a chance to win a Donald Driver autographed football.

DOT also will display a reminder to buckle up on its electronic message signs on major highways from May 21 to 29.

According to DOT statistics, approximately 85 percent of Wisconsin motorists wear a seat belt, which is an all-time high in the state. However, more than half of the drivers and passengers killed in crashes last year were not buckled up.


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