Law enforcement to focus on seat belt use

Law enforcement to focus on seat belt use

The Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign is part of a national initiative aimed at reducing traffic fatalities and saving lives.

Drivers and front seat passengers in Pennsylvania are required to fasten their seatbelts and children under four must be restrained properly in approved child safety seats.

"That leaves only (5) percent of people who might be subject to seat belt tickets during the "Click it or Ticket" seat belt enforcement campaign", according to a WTSC news release. Xenia High School, the victor of the 2018 Spring High School Seat Belt Challenge, will be awarded with a check in the amount of $500, sponsored by All State Agent, Scott Pauley.

The objective is to save lives and stress the importance of buckling up in a motor vehicle. Among the nearly 34,000 people injured in crashes in Oklahoma during 2016, 2,500 were not restrained.

During the 2017 "Click It or Ticket" campaign in Oklahoma, almost 300 agencies participated, resulting in 8,057 seat belt violations and 244 child passenger restraint violations. As a result, officers issued 17,792 seat belt citations, 6,363 speeding summonses and made 976 impaired driving arrests.

A campaign kickoff press event will be held at St. John Health System in Tulsa on Monday, May 21 at 11 am. Motor vehicle occupants who buckle up increase their chances of surviving a crash by as much as 75 percent. In Kansas, 56 percent of 18-to-34-year old occupants killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts in 2017. "Through continued enforcement and education, we hope to see more people taking the simple step of buckling up and fewer fatal crashes on Pennsylvania's roads". "Adults should wear a seat belt - every trip, every time - and ensure children are properly buckled in an appropriate child passenger safety seat".