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University Police to Mobilize for 'Click It or Ticket' May 18-31

RELEASED: May 14, 2009

Click It logoEAU CLAIRE — The University Police at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will team up with hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the "Click It or Ticket" safety belt enforcement mobilization May 18-31.

"'During Click It or Ticket,' our officers will patrol in greater numbers and for longer hours, including at night when safety belt use declines," said Sgt. Jay Dobson. "Our objective during the mobilization is not to write more tickets but to save lives and reduce injuries through voluntary compliance with Wisconsin's mandatory safety belt law. However, if voluntary compliance fails, we will enforce the law. We won't accept excuses and you won't get a warning if you are stopped by an officer and are not buckled up."

Zero in Wisconsin logoAccording to Dobson, consistent safety belt use is the single most effective protection against being ejected from a vehicle or thrown around violently inside it during a crash. An estimated 237 lives were saved by safety belt use in Wisconsin in 2007, and 100 percent safety belt use could have saved an additional 137 lives, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

"Far too many people are killed or injured every day because they are not buckled up," said Dobson. "Our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin. That's why we urge you to buckle up every time you get behind the wheel or ride in a vehicle. Don't ignore the law and common sense."

If anyone from the media would like to interview an officer or ride along with an officer on patrol during the "Click It or Ticket" mobilization, call Dobson at 715-836-2222.

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