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Law enforcement all over the nation, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Allen, Putnam and Van Wert County Sheriff’s offices, will be working together to increase safety on our roadways this Memorial Day holiday. “Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy,” said Putnam County Safe Communities Coalition Director Mike Klear. “Our goal is to save more lives, so area law enforcement agencies will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.”

During the annual Click It Or Ticket Campaign, law enforcement is working to raise awareness about the importance of wearing a seat belt – every time, every trip – day or night. Law enforcement agencies are working together across the nation and will be conducting high-visibility overtime enforcement in all jurisdictions.

Vehicle safety equipment, including seat belts, have a proven record of saving lives. When worn correctly, seat belts are proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45 percent and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans. Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year. NHTSA statistics show that in 2011 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 11,949 lives nationwide. Yet, too many motorists may need a tough reminder. In fatal crashes during 2011, 77 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were thrown from their vehicles were killed. However, only one percent of crash victims who were buckled up were totally ejected from their vehicles, compared to 31 percent of those who were unbelted.

Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk. Among teens and young adults, ages 18-34, who were killed in fatal crashes in 2011, 64 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash, the highest percentage of any age group were NOT buckled up at the time of the crash—the highest percentage of any age group.

Even though non-compliance with Ohio’s seat belt law is a secondary offense, local law enforcement officers will take the opportunity, now June 3, to participate in the “Click It or Ticket” National Mobilization. During the campaign period, law enforcement officers will adopt a zero tolerance policy regarding those who choose not to buckle up, including Ohio’s child passenger laws. “Too many people still take the attitude that it will never happen to them. But fatal crashes can and do happen every day,” according to Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish. “That’s why local law enforcement officers are buckling down to make sure all passengers, in all vehicles, buckle up – day and night.”

To law enforcement, one life saved makes all the difference. While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs through June 2, motorists should know that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.

“Those who choose not to wear a seat belt will feel the heat from our officers who will be out cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators. Motorists should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night,” Klear said. “Officers are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up — no warnings and no excuses. Click It or Ticket.”

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