Local law enforcement officials, including those in Norwalk and Sandusky, will once again aggressively seek out drivers and passengers neglecting to wear their seat belts.
The 2014 national Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign begins Monday and will run through June 1. The campaign aims to saves lives by cracking down on those who don’t wear seat belts in cars.
Both the Sandusky and Norwalk police departments are some of the many statewide law enforcement agencies participating in the initiative this year.
“Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy,” Sandusky police Lt. Robert VanScoy said. “Our goal is to save more lives, so Sandusky police officers will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock”
In 2013, Sandusky police officers and commanders issued 97 seat belt citations along with a bevy of other charges during a special enforcement period.
Wearing a seat belt properly reduces the risk of a fatal injury by 45 percent for front-seat passengers and occupants inside cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The number rises to 60 percent for those wearing seat belts in pickup trucks, SUVs and van riders.
By the numbers
Sandusky Click It or Ticket seat belt data for 2013:
•97: seat belt citations
•731: warnings issued
•101: other citations
•69: speeding citations
•52: driving under suspension citations
•10: operating a vehicle under the influence charges
•4: child restraint citations
•350: number of coupons distributed from McDonald’s and Wendy’s to those found wearing their seat belts during random stops.
Source: Sandusky police