WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, Madison, Wis. -- To
save lives and prevent serious injuries on Wisconsin roads,
approximately 350 law enforcement agencies throughout the state will
mobilize for the national "Click It or Ticket" safety-belt
campaign, which will run through June 1.
Fort McCoy will be participating in the campaign, said Sgt.
Domenic Modica, Fort McCoy Traffic sergeant.
This year's Click It or Ticket is the largest coordinated law
enforcement mobilization ever in Wisconsin. Officers will be
patrolling in greater numbers and for longer hours to enforce the
state's mandatory safety-belt law.
In addition, Click
It or Ticket safety-belt messages will be broadcast on television and
"The Click It or Ticket message is simple. If you are
stopped by an officer and aren't wearing a safety belt, you will get a
ticket. And with a recent change in state law, drivers also may get a
ticket for every unbuckled passenger in their vehicle. There'll be no
warnings or second chances," says Wisconsin State Patrol
Superintendent David Collins. "Our goal is not to write more
tickets but to save lives and prevent needless injuries by increasing
voluntary compliance with Wisconsin's safety- belt law."
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the enactment of
Wisconsin's mandatory safety-belt law. Since 1988, there have been
more than 1.3 million convictions for failure to fasten safety belts,
making it the state's second most common traffic offense (speeding is
Safety-belt use now is at an all-time high in Wisconsin with
three out of four people buckling up. However, the state's safety-belt
use rate of 75 percent lags behind the national average of 82 percent.
Because safety-belt use declines at night (according to
national studies), the Click It or Ticket campaign will strive to
convince motorists to buckle up every time they drive or ride -- day
An analysis by the State Patrol Bureau of Transportation Safety
showed that from 1996 through 2006, approximately three out of five
people who were killed or suffered incapacitating injuries in
Wisconsin traffic crashes between the hours of 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. were
"Buckling up every time -- day or night -- provides the
most effective protection against being ejected from a vehicle or
thrown around violently inside it during a crash," says Collins.
"Every time you get in a car or truck -- whether you're driving
across the state or just down the block -- you're putting your life on
the line. And the few seconds it takes to buckle up can save you, your
family and your friends from ending up at the emergency room, or worse
yet, the morgue."
Personnel driving on Fort McCoy should be knowledgeable about
all federal laws, which include limiting drivers' use of cell phones
to hands-free variety, as well as mandatory safety-belt use, Modica
For more information, call Modica at (608) 388-2044.