The Portage County Sheriff’s Office will join hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization from May 20 to June 2.
Deputies will be on the lookout day and night for unbuckled motorists. If you’re not wearing a safety belt, they will stop your vehicle and you will get a ticket. During the Click It or Ticket mobilization and throughout the year, deputies stringently enforce Wisconsin’s mandatory safety belt law to motivate motorists to buckle up every time they drive or ride in a vehicle. Tragically, too many people are needlessly injured or killed because they believed a crash would never happen to them so they did not buckle up.
In Wisconsin, approximately 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 2011 were not wearing safety belts. Last year, there were more than 100,000 convictions for failure to fasten a seat belt. This is not about writing more tickets, this about changing behaviors for the better. Deputies strive to achieve voluntary compliance.
Consistent safety belt use is 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. Portage County deputies take safety belt enforcement seriously in an effort to reach the ultimate goal of zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin.