UW-Eau Claire Police to intensify safety belt enforcement May 21-June 3May 18, 2012
Approximately 400 law enforcement agencies throughout the state are expected to participate in this year's Click It or Ticket mobilization.
"Traffic deaths in Wisconsin so far this year have increased compared with the same time last year, and in all too many recent fatal crashes, the drivers and passengers were ejected from their vehicles because they were not buckled up," said Sgt. Joel Field. "That's why we're serious about safety belt enforcement. To save lives and prevent injuries, our officers will stop vehicles and issue tickets whenever they see an unbuckled driver or passenger."
The goal during Click It or Ticket and throughout the year is not to write more tickets, Field said.
"Through enforcement and education, we're trying to convince everyone to buckle up voluntarily so that eventually we can reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin," Field said.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are cracking down on unbelted motorists, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Last year there were nearly 85,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts. Among all traffic violations, safety belt convictions in Wisconsin were second only to speeding convictions.
"If you want to avoid the delay and hassle of being stopped and ticketed by an officer, you must buckle up every trip, every time," Field said. "Even more important, consistent safety belt use will protect you from 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. There really is no rational reason to not buckle up."
For more information, contact Sgt. Joel Field, UW-Eau Claire Police, at 715-836-2222.