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May 27, 2011  

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Click It or Ticket under way at Fort McCoy

Fort McCoy Police will intensify enforcement of the mandatory seat-belt law during the annual Click It or Ticket campaign, which is under way and will continue through June 5. More than 300 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin are expected to participate in this year’s Click It or Ticket, according to Capt. Rick Jackson of the Fort McCoy Police Department.
PHOTO: Click it or Ticket

“All too often when responding to a crash, officers find people killed or seriously injured because they were not buckled up. That’s why we’re serious about seat-belt enforcement,” Jackson said. “To save lives and prevent injuries, officers will stop a vehicle and issue tickets whenever they see a driver or passenger not wearing a seat belt. Our goal is not to write more tickets but to convince people to buckle up voluntarily so that eventually we can reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin. But if voluntary compliance fails and people ignore the law as well as common sense, we will provide a very convincing reminder about wearing their seat belts.”

Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are cracking down on unbelted motorists, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Last year, there were nearly 120,000 convictions for failure to fasten seat belts, which was an all-time high. Among all traffic violations, seat-belt convictions in Wisconsin were second only to speeding convictions.

As a federal installation, Fort McCoy also has several other laws/regulations in addition to Wisconsin state laws that motorists must follow. These include the prohibited use of non-hand’s-free cell phones by motorists when driving a vehicle on the installation. Motorists who need to make a cell phone call or send a text message are advised to pull into a parking-lot space or to the side of the road. Motorcyclists also must wear proper safety equipment, including helmets, when riding motorcycles on the installation.

For more information about the Click It or Ticket campaign or other traffic laws in the Fort McCoy community, call 608-388-4546.

(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Police Department.)

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