Click it or Ticket enforcement campaign begins Monday
Written by Press Release on May 18, 2022
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a national Click It or Ticket seatbelt campaign which takes place May 23 through June 5, 2022. To kick off the national campaign, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has requested that all states participate in a one-day, 4-hour event on May 23, 2022, titled Border to Border to raise seat belt awareness. The B2B initiative aims to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt enforcement for drivers at state border checkpoints.
According to NHTSA, in 2020, there were 10,893 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 58% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign and the B2B kickoff event is nighttime enforcement.
“The Border to Border component of the Click It or Ticket campaign is important because it raises awareness about seat belt safety during a time when statistically seat belt use is decreased,” said Lt. Brad O’Dell “As we approach the Memorial Day holiday weekend and see an increase in the amount of traffic on the roadways, it is important to get the word out about the importance of seat belt safety. Our goal is to educate and prevent senseless deaths.”
Assigned deputies will specifically be looking for seat belt violations, including child restraint law violations. Funding for the enhanced patrols is obtained through grants administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit NHTSA.gov/ciot.