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Minocqua PD to mobilize for Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement from June 22 to July 5

June 19, 2020

The Minocqua Police Department will mobilize along with hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign from June 22 to July 5. 

The Minocqua Police Department officers are serious about safety belt enforcement. Law enforcement sees far too many drivers and passengers needlessly killed or injured because they were unbuckled in a crash. During the Click It or Ticket mobilization and throughout the year, the Minocqua Police Department officers will enforce Wisconsin’s safety belt law. Law enforcement is not trying to write more tickets. Through enforcement and education, the Minocqua Police Department is striving to get people to buckle up every time they drive or ride in a vehicle.

Seat belts save lives and prevent serious injuries

Consistent seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect motor vehicle occupants from being injured or killed in a crash. Air bags are an important safety enhancement, but only seat belts can prevent motorists from being ejected or thrown around violently inside a vehicle during a crash.

More people are buckling up, but there’s room for improvement

The good news is Wisconsin’s seat belt use rate is at its highest ever: 90.2%. Still, too many motorists fail to buckle up and are needlessly injured and killed in crashes. In 2019, 44% of car and light truck occupants killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes were unbuckled. 

From another angle, currently in Wisconsin, about 10% of motorists fail to buckle up. Yet, this relatively small group accounts for nearly half of the drivers and passengers killed in car/truck crashes in Wisconsin every year.

Teens, truck drivers among those least likely to buckle up

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and young adults nationwide. 

Teen-related crashes, injuries and deaths can be attributed in part to dangerous driving behaviors such as failure to buckle up and driving while distracted.

Observational surveys indicate the people least likely to wear a seat belt in Wisconsin are male drivers of commercial motor vehicles and pick-up trucks.  

Wisconsin seat belt laws

Last year (2019) marked the 10-year anniversary of Wisconsin’s “primary enforcement” seat belt law (allows law enforcement to stop/cite a motorist solely for not buckling up). Drivers can also be cited for every unbuckled passenger in their vehicle.

Since the primary enforcement law took effect on June 30, 2009, Wisconsin’s seat belt use rate has increased from 74% (in 2009) to over 90% (today). Last year (2019) in Wisconsin, there were 41,654 traffic convictions for failure to wear a seat belt.

No matter if its day or night, or a short trip or a long journey, drivers and passengers should buckle up. Wearing a safety belt is the best possible protection against being ejected from a vehicle during a crash or thrown around violently inside it and possibly hitting another person in the vehicle with massive force. That’s why Click It or Ticket is more than a slogan to the Minocqua Police Department. It’s a life-saving effort.

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