News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 3:05 p.m.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will join law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon working overtime to focus on proper safety-belt use -- including child-seat use -- during a nationwide "Click It Or Ticket" traffic enforcement "blitz" occurring day and night from Monday, May 15 through Sunday, May 28.
This is the second "Click It Or Ticket" blitz for the Sheriff's Office this year. The Sheriff's Office also participated in the February enforcement campaign, Feb. 6-19. During that blitz and extending throughout February, deputies stopped numerous motor vehicles for traffic infractions; out of those stopped, 54 were cited/warned for no seatbelts, 49 were cited/warned for distracted driving (i.e. cell phone use), 383 were cited/warned for speeding, 199 motorists were cited for having suspended licenses, 50 were arrested for DUII, and 1,155 citations/warnings were handed out for miscellaneous traffic violations.
Oregon law requires all occupants to use safety restraints or a child safety system appropriate for their size.
With onset of warmer weather, deputies will also be checking compliance with laws that prohibit transportation of a minor in an open pickup truck bed.
This enhanced enforcement is made possible through grant funding of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by Oregon Department of Transportation.
STATISTICS SHOW SAFETY BELTS SAVE LIVES
Roadside observations of belt use among Oregon travelers in 2016 revealed that 96% of travelers use safety belts. But despite this high use rate among the general population, Oregon crash data for 2015 shows lack of belt use in 27% of daytime and 50% of night time crash. ODOT estimates that at least half of those who died unbelted or 67 persons could have been saved if everyone used safety belts on every trip.
Safety belts, used correctly, can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to 65%. Belts are even more effective when used in combination with airbag systems and other not-so-obvious occupant protection features designed into today's vehicles.
CHILD CAR SEATS HELP; LEARN HOW TO INSTALL
Child seats may increase crash survival by 71% for infants under one year old and by up to 59% for toddlers aged one to four. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among four to eight year olds by 45% compared to safety belts used alone.
Children under one year or weighing less than 20 pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must use either a child seat or booster until they reach age eight or 4' 9" tall and the adult belt fits them correctly. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test here.
For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child seat-fitting station listed here or here.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office