'Click It or Ticket' Seat Belt Enforcement Begins

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As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacations, the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.

The Governor's Highway Safety Program is partnering with state and local law enforcement to conduct their annual Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign around the Memorial Day holiday. "If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving and gets them to buckle up, we'll consider it a success". To meet our goals enforcement must continue along with efforts to educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up on every ride. "I am frequently asked why we warn everyone in advance - the bottom line is not issuing citations, but saving lives", Sgt. Campbell said.

With the summer travel season nearly upon us, police departments throughout the area are stepping up efforts to ensure traffic safety.

According to the WTSC, 95 percent of Washington drivers and passengers use seat belts. At night from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM, that number soared to 56% of those killed. That's why police around the country want you to "Click it or Ticket".

Arkansas state law requires all front seat passengers, not just drivers, be properly buckled up. In Crawford County the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $136 fine.

Poedubicky added that a key focus of this year's campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front AND rear seats.