Starting May 20: UW-P Police “Click It or Ticket”
As the 2012-2013 academic school year ends, thoughts turn to traveling for summer break. Most of that travel will involve driving or riding in a motor vehicle. When driving that motor vehicle you are responsible to ensure everyone is safe.
Effective May 20, 2013 through June 2, 2013, the UW-Parkside Police Dept., along with hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state of Wisconsin, will participate in the national "Click It or Ticket" mobilization.
The goal during this mobilization is not to write more tickets, but to save lives and reduce injuries through voluntary compliance with Wisconsin's mandatory seat belt law. However, if you are stopped by an officer for a traffic violation, and don't have a seat belt on, expect to get a ticket. Not just the driver, but passengers as well.
Wisconsin traffic deaths increased 6 percent in 2012 from 2011 which resulted in 600 people losing their lives. More auto passenger and motorcycle deaths were the primary reason for this increase. More than 50 percent of automobile deaths involved unbelted occupants and more than 70 percent of motorcycle deaths involved riders who were not wearing helmets.
Seat belt use is still lowest for driver's ages 16-25 years in Wisconsin. Only about 72.1 percent of drivers ages 16 to 25 buckle up. And Wisconsin continually lags behind the national average for overall seat belt use.
Motorists who are hurt or killed in traffic crashes because they didn't buckle up create tremendous economic losses, such as medical expenses. The rest of society pays for nearly 75 percent of these economic losses through higher insurance premiums, taxes, and other public funding, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
In 2011, Wisconsin officers issued 175,000 speeding tickets along with 31,000 operating while intoxicated citations. Both of these bad driving habits can lead to serious injury when you're not buckled up in a motor vehicle."Click It or Ticket" combines intensified safety belt enforcement with a public awareness campaign funded by the Federal government. The only way to reach Wisconsin's goal of zero deaths is with the help of everyone who operates or is a passenger of a vehicle. So, click it, be safer, and avoid a ticket--"Click It or Ticket."