Sheriff’s Dept. stepping up seatbelt enforcement

kcsd-doorIf you are hitting the roads in Western Kenosha County, you might want to consider that the Sheriff’s Department has announced they will again be participating in the annual Click it or Ticket campaign through June 2.

From a media release from the department:

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department will intensify its enforcement of Wisconsin’s mandatory safety belt law during the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization from May 20 to June 2. Approximately 400 law enforcement agencies throughout the state are expected to participate in this year’s Click It or Ticket mobilization. In all too many fatal crashes, the drivers and passengers are ejected from their vehicle because they were not buckled up. That’s why the Sheriff’s Department is serious about safety belt enforcement. “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, but to encourage safety compliance.” Through enforcement and education, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is trying to convince everyone to buckle up voluntarily so that we can reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are cracking down on unbelted motorists. 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. 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 when involved in a crash. There really is no rational reason to not buckle up. KSD will schedule 48 additional patrol hours throughout the county during this time period for the special enforcement.

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