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SPD kicks up seat belt enforcement

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Superior police along with law enforcement agencies all over Wisconsin intensify seat belt enforcement efforts during the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 1.

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Click It or Ticket is more than just a slogan — it’s a lifesaving strategy, said Sgt. Mark McGillis.

“Our officers will be on the lookout day and night for unbuckled motorists. If you’re not wearing a safety belt, we will stop your vehicle and you will get a ticket,” McGillis said.

Police are the ones who have to tell families that someone they love was seriously injured or killed in a crash — tragic news particularly when officers know a safety belt could have prevented that injury or death, the sergeant said. That’s why we take safety belt enforcement seriously, he said.

In Wisconsin, about one out of five motorists does not buckle up, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. More than half of the drivers and passengers killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes in 2013 were not wearing safety belts. Last year, there were more than 70,000 convictions for failure to fasten a seat belt.

“Consistent safety belt use if the most effective 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,” McGillis said. “Our officers are serious about safety belt enforcement because we’re determined to reach the goal of zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin.”

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