Sheriff’s Department and Silver Lake Police stepping up seatbelt enforcement through June 3

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and the Silver Lake Police Department have announced they are intensifying their enforcement of Wisconsin’s mandatory safety belt law during the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization from May 21 to June 3.

Approximately 400 law enforcement agencies throughout the state are expected to participate in this year’s Click It or Ticket mobilization.

Traffic deaths in Wisconsin so far this year have increased compared with the same time last year. And in all too many recent fatal crashes, the drivers and passengers were ejected from their vehicle because they were not buckled up.

“To save lives and prevent injuries, our officers will stop a vehicle and issue tickets whenever they see an unbuckled driver or passenger” Sheriff David Beth said. “Our goal during Click It or Ticket and throughout the year is not to write more tickets.”

Through enforcement and education, the departments are  trying to convince everyone to buckle up voluntarily to bring the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin. But if voluntary compliance fails, and people ignore the law and common sense, officers will provide a very convincing reminder about wearing their safety belts. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are cracking down on unbelted motorists. Last year, there were nearly 85,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts. Among all traffic violations, safety belt convictions in Wisconsin were second only to speeding convictions, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

“If you want to avoid being stopped and ticketed by an officer, you must buckle up every trip, every time,” said SIlver Lake Police Chief Dan Kingsley. “Even more important, consistent safety belt use will protect you from being ejected from a vehicle during a crash. It will also protect you from being thrown around violently inside a vehicle and hitting another person in your vehicle with massive force. There really is no rational reason to not buckle up.”

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  1. CaptA says:

    Glad to see they are so concerned for our saf….I mean what a great way to collect more taxes. I’m not capable of making a decision as to whether I should use a seatbelt so I’m glad Big Brother stepped in.

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