Fort McCoy News May 8, 2015

McCoy mobilizes for Click It or Ticket campaign

Fort McCoy police will mobilize along with hundreds of other law-enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the annual Click It or Ticket safety-belt enforcement campaign from May 18 to 31.

"Our officers are serious about safety-belt enforcement," said Sgt. David Hansen of the Fort McCoy Police Department.
"We see far too many drivers and passengers needlessly killed or injured because they were unbuckled in a crash.

"During the Click It or Ticket mobilization and throughout the year, we will stringently enforce Wisconsin's safety-belt law," Hansen said. "We're not trying to write more tickets. Through enforcement and education, we're striving to get people to buckle up every time they drive or ride in a vehicle."

Although the state's safety-belt use rate of 85 percent is the highest ever, more than half of the drivers and passengers killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes in 2014 were not wearing safety belts. Also in 2014, there were more than 55,000 convictions for failure to fasten a seat belt.

"No matter if it's day or night, or a short trip or a long journey, drivers and passengers must buckle up," Hansen said.

"Wearing a safety belt is the best-possible protection against being ejected from a vehicle during a crash or thrown around violently inside it and possibly hitting another person in the vehicle with massive force," he said.

"That's why Click It or Ticket is more than a slogan to our officers. It's a life-saving effort."

For more information, call the police department at 608-388-2000.

   (Article prepared by the Directorate of Emergency Services.)