Ohio State Highway Patrol Warning Drivers to Buckle Up or Face Tickets
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers to wear their seat belts. The 2014 Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement kicked off Monday and will run through June 1.
The Patrol is joining forces with members of a six-state area for multi-state enforcement, by cracking down on those who don't buckle up. Participating agencies include Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,335 people who died in 2012 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. In Ohio, 59 percent of people killed in car accidents last year were not wearing their seat belts. Colonel Paul A. Pride said
"Too many drivers and passengers are not wearing their safety belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy. It doesn't matter what state you're driving in, I want you to get home safely."
More than 900 law enforcement partners around Ohio will be aggressively enforcing the law during the Click It or Ticket mobilization, which will run through June 1.
In 2012, seat belts saved over 12,000 lives nationwide, according to NHTSA. Troopers will continue their zero tolerance policy all year long, even after the mobilization ends on June 1.
Police remind drivers and passengers to wear their seat belts every time they get into the car. A driver can be cited if the passenger of the car is not belted, especially children.
Officers said they will not be issuing warnings during the zero-tolerance enforcement. Federal grant money will allow additional officers to be out on the road.