TxDOT's 'Click it or Ticket' Campaign Begins Monday

Posted May 23, 2017

Law enforcement officers from the Barnegat Township Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign. That's significantly higher than the 43 percent who were unrestrained in national statistics - probably because seat belt usage in the Show-Me State is only 81 percent, compared to a national rate of 90 percent.

In Virginia, the law states that "Pursuant to Virginia State Code §46.2-1094, occupants of front seats who are 16 years or older are required to use safety lap belts and shoulder harnesses".

New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will use marked and unmarked vehicles, checkpoints, and roving details to aggressively ticket unbelted drivers.

Although the state's safety belt use rate of 88.4 percent is the highest ever, almost half of the drivers and passengers killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes previous year were not wearing safety belts.

"There are people who will tell you firsthand that a seat belt saved their life", said Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the CSP.

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"Hundreds of thousands of citizens will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend", OCSO Motor Unit Master Deputy Greg Rittger said. This is a primary enforcement, meaning teens can be pulled over simply for not wearing a seat belt or having passengers without seat belts.

As law enforcement steps up seat belt enforcement efforts, the Wisconsin DOT, the Milwaukee Fire Department and former Green Bay Packer's receiver Donald Driver team up to help.

That's because the Texas Department of Transportation's annual "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign is starting. While most do it for safety reasons, for others, it's the threat of a ticket that makes them put on a seat belt. If they aren't properly restrained, the driver faces fines up to $250 plus court costs. During nighttime hours, that number soared to 57 percent of those killed.

From 1975 through 2015, seat belts saved an estimated 344,447 lives nationwide.