(WAOW) — Wisconsin’s annual Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign just got its newest set of members.
The Rothschild Police Department will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies
throughout Wisconsin this year for the campaign, which runs from May 20 to June 2.
“As we enter another major travel season, we’re reminding motorists that wearing a
safety belt is the single most effective way to protect themselves and prevent needless
tragedies along our roadways,” said Captain Kevin Ostrowski.
Wisconsin’s seat belt use rate currently is at 89 percent. In 2018, nearly half of the victims in fatal vehicle crashes were not buckled up. Additionally, there were 50,875 traffic convictions in the state for failure to fasten seat belts.
2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of Wisconsin’s primary seat belt law that allows
police to stop and cite motorists for failing to buckle up. Drivers can also be cited for every unbuckled passenger in their vehicle.
“Our goal is voluntary compliance with traffic laws, not to write citations,” Captain
Ostrowski said. “But given a choice, we’d much rather write a ticket than have to knock
on someone’s door and inform them that a loved one has been killed or seriously
injured in a crash. So we’re reminding all motorists to buckle up, every seat, every trip.”