Police on lookout for seat belt scofflaws

You’d better buckle up if you don’t want to plunk down some big bucks after violating an important traffic law
Andy Ouriel
May 14, 2014


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



Funny how you HAVE to wear a seat belt in a car, but after 1 year you no longer need a helmet on a motorcycle. Now tell me this..Get into an accident going 45 in a car with no seat belt, whats most likely gonna happen?..A few bruises?..Ok now try a motorcyle doing 45 with no helmet. Now you fall crack your skull on pavement and the medics cleanup after you...


I think its A LOT more safer with no seatbelt then no helmet.!

Good 2 B Me

Seat Belt violations can ONLY be issued as a secondary ticket for another Traffic Stop. Either the Police have to make up a story to pull you over or you are already violating the law, so maybe you deserve the ticket!


I got pulled over and the officer did say it was because he thought he saw that I had no seatbelt on , I actually did have it on (I always do) . Thankfully he didn't ask if I knew why he pulled me over , because I was speeding and I would have admitted to it .


I wish the S. Register would ask the State Patrol, Sandusky PD and others why they don't address this problem! Kills more on the road than texting!


If they enforce laws against this crime the death and injuries would plummet! This crime causes more motorcycle deaths than any other reason. Forget the helmet laws, ENFORCE the laws on the books for immediate results.

HS Sports Fan

Beware of the psycho cop in Norwalk, he could explode at anytime.


I'm glad we still (don't) live in a democracy. This is just another sad, BS, money-making law.


Re: Truth2u

You must think we are dumb?! People do not click on his link! It is a virus. Be smart. I hope no one falls for this!

Truth2u...please get a different hobby!

Sandusky Register, please remove his comment and ban his IP so it causes no one harm.

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Seen it All

It is a news report Starr, and a VERY informative one at that!!! Get yourself some comprehensive virus protection and stop acting like a fool!


People, with a little practice, seat belt usage can become a natural thing.

2cents's picture

That depends on the vehicle manufacturer. I always wear my seatbelt but when I ride in some cars the retractor does not stage latch and it is always pulling on me or the side height adjustment does not go low enough and the da-- thing rides on my neck. I find myself holding it away from me and I would never purchase a car that did not have a staged belt, way too uncomfortable. If I liked the car that much I would make a clip to hold it away from me!


You can buy such clips at low cost from various providers. They are, in my opinion, one of the greatest inventions ever!

2cents's picture

Good, I started wearing a belt before it was law when I was almost smacked by an out of town driver one summer. I realize that we are all tourists at one time or another, and at times make mistakes because we are not familiar with the area. It is tourist season here so please keep in mind all of you that these people may have never been here before and do pose some risk, more so if they drive like they think they know where they are going! Be safe, buckle up and watch two or three cars in front of you. And like I always say, never take your right away at rural stop signs, especially when the crops are up!


If the LEO's are focusing on seatbelts, I guess that all the drug dealers are off the streets and everyone with a warrant is behind bars.

JudgeMeNot's picture

Not a chance in he11 with that happening.


Tailgate me and my speed=distance in feet between your car and mine.
Lost tourist.


way to generate that revenue. livestock..


First, seatbelts were discretionary. Then they became mandatory, but not a primary offense (we were promised at the time that failure to wear a seatbelt would never become a primary offense). Now if you don't buckle up, it IS a primary offense (despite those promises). And next on the list are "random" stops? REALLY??? "Moneymaker," indeed!

Make no mistake: Seatbelts usually save lives (I say "usually" because I have one relative who's alive ONLY because he wasn't buckled up -- ironically, in a separate accident, his brother is alive because he WAS wearing a seatbelt). I always, always wear mine (not because of the law, but because it's prudent, something I don't need a law to tell me). But that isn't the point.

Don't law enforcement agencies have anything better to do? If they can't think of anything, I'd be pleased to provide them with a list!


Sam were you driving before it became the law? If so, did you wear it? I didn't, but now I do. No one I knew wore a seat belt when it wasn't the law. Now I don't know anyone who doesn't wear one. Just saying.


Yes, I was driving before it became law. And yes, I wore one even then. Like I said, I don't need politicians to legislate common sense, and I don't need a law to behave responsibly! But I ALSO believe that you CAN'T legislate common sense or responsibility! If you could, I'd be tempted to suggest lawmakers go after stupidity, too, while they're at it.


Well for me, and just about everyone I know, this law did legislate common sense.


Your inability to exercise common sense on your own is no excuse for taking away the dignity and autonomy of everyone else.

If you don't trust yourself to make decisions on your own, you're free to check yourself into an intitution. There's no need for you to drag everyone else in there with you.

Best summation I ever read: Seatbelt laws interfere with natural selection.

If you want to win a Darwin award, it's not our responsibility to stop you, especially at the cost of our right to be treated as free adults.

By the way, I always buckled up before this law passed, and I've always worn a helmet when riding a motorcycle, despite the lack of any law compelling me. Not to do so strikes me as farm-animal-stupid. Are you trying to say you need a law to stop you from being that stupid?


When it came to seat belts, apparently I did. My parents didn't wear them, none of my friends wore them, and none of their parents wore them. I don't consider myself stupid - quite the contrary. I was 16, and no one told me to wear one. So I guess, in this case I needed a law. Let the name calling continue.


"When it came to seat belts, apparently I did."

Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. Good luck with that - now stop trying to make your problem everyone else's.

"My parents didn't wear them, none of my friends wore them, and none of their parents wore them."

Sounds like the same rationalizations as are used to justify smoking, doing drugs, etc. You really want to use it as the basis for a philosophy of life? Stop blaming everyone around you - grow up and accept responsibility for your choices. My parents didn't wear them, until I learned to drive and pushed them to do so (my teenage driving may have helped make the case)

"I don't consider myself stupid - quite the contrary. I was 16, and no one told me to wear one."

NO ONE? If you are under the age of 55, no way you got your license in Ohio without taking driver training. and the curriculum is positively thick with warnings to buckle up. There have been public service announcements on TV since the late 60's.

So, essentially, you're telling us that, until someone passed a law, every time you got in a car, you wondered "what all these strap thingies are for," right?

Or is it the more likely case that it just wasn't cool to wear them?

"So I guess, in this case I needed a law."

Not exactly something of which to be proud.

"Let the name calling continue."

Hey, I did some stupid things when I was 16, too, but I don't hold the Big Brother responsible for them, or expect the government to babysit the entire population because of my mistakes. If you don't buckle up, and it gets you killed, it's on you, and no one else.


I'm glad you got all of that off your chest, and I hope you feel better. Look, I'm not blaming anyone; I'm simply being honest. Of course my driving instructor made me wear a seatbelt, but beyond that, literally no one I knew wore one. I am not proud or casting blame, I am simply relaying a truth: Myself, and others I know never wore seat belts until it became a law. I'm sorry if that bothers you, but that is a fact. Now I don't know anyone who DOESN'T wear one, and the last thing I say to my kids when they go somewhere with someone is "buckle up!"


So, contrary to your earlier claims, you DID know better, you WERE informed of the risks, and you chose to take the risk anyway. NOT MY PROBLEM, and not a valid justification for government to usurp people's freedom to choose their own risks.

Look, I get the whole thing about how you didn't buckle up before, and now you do, but that doesn't legitimize this law as constitutional, legitimate, or anything but fascist. So you and some people you know benefitted - no one's disputing that. The point is that no more justifies this law than the trains running on time justifies Mussolini.

It's profoundly self-centered for you to effectively claim that fascism is OK because it protects you from your own unwillingness to make intelligent choices regarding the risks you take. Your point is functionally equivalent to saying "I'm fat, so the government should tell everyone what they can and can't eat."


Well at age 16, like most 16 year olds, I wasn't exactly known for my good judgment, I'll give you that. I don't THINK I'm a stupid, self centered fascist, but you are certainly entitled to your opinion. Enjoy your Sunday!


Ever hear the line, "pretty is as pretty does?"

Your position on this issue is a choice. The results of that choice are not.


"I have one relative who's alive ONLY because he wasn't buckled up "

I'm with you regarding this law, Sam, but if I had a nickel for every time I've heard that from someone who was completely unqualified to make such an assertion, I'd be a millionaire.

"Don't law enforcement agencies have anything better to do?"

Than gather revenue? Sure, but then, they have to answer to politicians.


It's for your own good, people.


Let me decide whats best for me, I don't need the government telling me what is and isn't right for me and taking my money for some BS law.


“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.” - C.S. Lewis

JudgeMeNot's picture

I will were my seat belt for a free big mac coupon any day.


Hey, wait till Michelle Obama gets obesity outlawed.

I can see it now, "Troopers used a treat-sniffing dog and found a box of twenty-four Twinkies hidden under the passenger-side seat . . . ."


What if you're too fat to fit into the seat belt & they pull you over? Do you still get the Big Mac?