seat-belt use mandatory for motorists driving at Fort McCoy, the
installation should be able to maintain its standing of having one of
the top seat-belt use rates throughout the United States, said Sgt.
the Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) traffic
sergeant, said seat-belt usage across the United States and its
territories averaged 83 percent nationwide, according to a 2008
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study.
Seat-belt usage ranged from 55.7 percent in American Somoa to 97.2
percent in Michigan. Fort McCoy motorists currently have a seat-belt
use of 97 percent, and DES staff members are pushing for as close to
100 percent, as possible, at Fort McCoy, he said.
It or Ticket campaign May 18-31
Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) Police
Department will team up with hundreds of law enforcement
agencies throughout Wisconsin for the Click It or Ticket
safety-belt enforcement mobilization from May 18 to 31,
according to Sgt. Domenic Modica, DES traffic sergeant.
Click It or Ticket, our officers will be patrolling in greater
numbers and for longer hours, including at night when
safety-belt use declines," Modica said. "Our objective
during the mobilization is not to write more tickets but to save
lives and reduce injuries. We won’t accept excuses, and you
won’t get a warning if you are stopped by an officer and are
safety-belt use is the single most effective protection against
being ejected from a vehicle or thrown around violently inside
it during a crash.
too many people are killed or injured needlessly everyday
because they were not buckled up," Modica said. "Our
ultimate goal is to reduce the number of preventable traffic
deaths to zero in Wisconsin. That’s why we urge you to buckle
up every time you get behind the wheel or ride in a vehicle.
However, if you ignore the law and common sense, we’ll also be
ready to provide you with a very convincing reminder."
more information about the Click It or Ticket campaign at Fort
McCoy, contact Modica at 608-388-2044.
state of Wisconsin, which has a secondary seat-belt use law, had a
2008 rate of 74.8 percent, which was a decrease of 1.1 percent from
2007, according to the NHTSA. A secondary law means that motorists
must be stopped for another infraction, such as speeding, before they
can be ticketed for not wearing their seat belts.
have shown that wearing seat belts in vehicles saves lives and reduces
or eliminates injuries suffered in accidents," Modica said.
"By strictly enforcing the law of mandatory seat-belt use at Fort
McCoy, we hope motorists driving on the installation develop the
mindset to make it a habit to buckle up at all times — both on and
to the NHTSA, jurisdictions with stricter seat-belt enforcement laws
continue to exhibit generally higher use rates than those
jurisdictions without the stricter laws, Modica said. Fort McCoy DES
police officers want everyone to drive safely so they strictly enforce
all traffic laws.
who enter Fort McCoy with children also must have approved child
car-safety seats or restraints for children who weigh less than 40
of the police shifts at Fort McCoy has an officer certified in child
car-safety seat inspections so personnel can arrange to have a
one-on-one check done at Fort McCoy. For more information, call the
Public Safety Center at 608-388-2266.
of the high transient population, including Soldiers training or
attending courses on post, these traffic laws, in addition to
seat-belt use, include cell phone use while driving, yielding right of
way to pedestrian traffic when required, obeying speed limits, etc.,
cannot use cell phones while their vehicle is moving unless they have
hands-free cell phones, he said.
have the right of way in crosswalk situations and in all situations
when they are in formation, such as marching, conducting physical
training runs, etc. Modica said pedestrians should follow all rules
and use existing sidewalks and crosswalks when available. If
pedestrians have to walk in the road they should walk on the left
side, facing traffic.
motorists encounter pedestrians and are in doubt about who has the
right of way, the right decision is to yield to pedestrians,"
Modica said. "We will be strictly enforcing the regulation that
states motorists have to drive 10 mph when following or passing troops
McCoy Police also will continue compliance checks for seat-belt use
and proper cell phone use, Modica said. Enforcement also can include
the use of radar checks to ensure speed limits are being followed.
more information about traffic and pedestrian laws at Fort McCoy see
Fort McCoy Regulation 190-5, which is available at the Fort McCoy
Corporation Network, or call Modica at 608-388-2044.