Click It Or Ticket Campaign Begins Monday

(Dodge County) Area law enforcement agencies will be part of a nationwide effort to get drivers to wear their seatbelt. The annual Click It Or Ticket campaign begins Monday and will run through June 6th. Local officers will be out on patrol for longer hours to reinforce one safety message: buckle up. State transportation officials say simple actions such as wearing seatbelt, watching your speed, and driving alert help prevent crashes and injuries. They say while airbags are an important safety enhancement, only seatbelts can prevent motorists from being ejected or thrown around inside a vehicle during a crash. Currently, 89-percent of Wisconsin motorists wear safety belts. The 11-percent who fail to buckle-up account for 43-percent of all the drivers and passengers killed in traffic crashes last year in the state. Wisconsin’s primary seat belt law, in place since 2009, allows law enforcement to stop and cite motorists for failing to wear a seat belt. Drivers can also be cited for every unbuckled passenger in their vehicle. Penalties are higher for transporting unrestrained children. Failure to fasten a seat belt is among the most common traffic violations in the state, resulting in more than 27,000 traffic convictions last year.