News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 12:12 p.m.
From May 16-29, 2016, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will join law-enforcement agencies across the state and country to participate in the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat-belt use.
This enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday -- one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while 88.5 percent of passenger vehicle occupants buckled up in 2015, almost 50 percent of occupants of fatal crashes nationwide are not restrained. In some states, the rate is as high as 70 percent unrestrained in fatal crashes. This fact gravely highlights the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.
This year, NHTSA is aiming to increase campaign participation even more by coordinating a "Coast to Coast" seat belt enforcement effort -- to include all law enforcement around specific interstate corridors.
Time after time, we see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important steps in increasing survivability in a crash. Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and to keep them from repeating this potentially deadly mistake.
In 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were unrestrained, according to NHTSA. During the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number increased to 57 percent of those killed. Law enforcement agencies will write citations day and night, with a zero-tolerance approach.
Hundreds of thousands of citizens will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend, as well as throughout the summer vacation season. The Sheriff's Office joins agencies across the nation in wanting to make sure that people are buckling up to keep themselves and their families safe. It is the greatest defense in a vehicle crash.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, click here.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office