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UW-Eau Claire Police to mobilize for 'Click It or Ticket' May 24-June 6

RELEASED: May 24, 2010

Click It or Ticket logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Police will increase its safety belt enforcement patrols during the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization from May 24-June 6.

More than 300 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin are expected to participate in this year's Click It or Ticket, which is the nation's largest safety belt enforcement and education campaign, said Sgt. Chris Kirchman.

"All too often, police officers respond to crash scenes where people are needlessly killed or critically injured because they were not buckled up," Kirchman said. "That's why we are serious about safety belt enforcement. We are reminding motorists that a change in state law last year allows our officers to stop and ticket unbuckled drivers and passengers even if they did not observe another violation."

Officers hope their enforcement efforts during Click It or Ticket and throughout the year will motivate people to buckle up so that they can reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin, Kirchman said.

"If voluntary compliance fails and people continue to ignore the mandatory safety belt law as well as common sense, we will ticket them," Kirchman said.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are cracking down on unbelted drivers and passengers, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Last year, convictions for failure to fasten safety belts exceeded 100,000 for the first time in state history. Safety belt violations were approximately 12 percent of all traffic convictions in 2009.

For more information, call Sgt. Chris Kirchman at 715-836-2222.

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