'Click It or Ticket' enforcement period begins Monday

Aaron Brown
May 23, 2017

To kick off "Click it or Ticket", troopers will set up safety belt checkpoints on highways near neighboring states and Canada between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m on Monday.

Although seatbelt laws are enforceable on every day of year, during this two-week period, officers will be on patrol to exclusively seek out and enforce seatbelt violations. Violators of seat belt laws can expect to pay fines of $25 to $150 depending on jurisdiction.

MA seat belt usage is significantly lower than the national average - 78 percent compared to 90 percent, according to the state's annual seat belt observation study.

Kansans like to see their state as one which protects children, and it does well with its youngest ones, those aged 0-4, who are buckled in to child safety seats at the rate of 97%.

TxDOT noted that when the campaign was launched in 2002, only 76 percent of Texans used their seat belts.

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According to TxDOT, 994 people died past year because they were not wearing seat belts - an increase of nine percent from 2015. Wearing a seat belt is a simple measure that dramatically reduces the risk of severe injury or death in a crash. That's why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement.

Last year, the program resulted in nearly 6,000 seat belt citations around the state. "Seat belts save lives, and everyone needs to do not forget to buckle up, every trip, every time".

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (WisDOT) Zero In Wisconsin campaign in partnership with the Milwaukee Fire Department held a news conference on Monday, May 22nd to promote safety belt use. "Law enforcement officers are out and we ask that you click it before we ticket". In Orange County, the ticket cost for an adult seat belt violation is $162, with penalties for not restraining a child at $465. During nighttime hours, that number soared to 57 percent of those killed.

Minnesotans are among the best in the country when it comes to wearing seat belts with 93 percent of motorists buckling up, the DPS says.

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