Fort McCoy News May 26, 2017

Fort McCoy participates in 'Click It or Ticket'

As motorists take to the roads during the Memorial Day holiday, Fort McCoy police are urging everyone to buckle up.

Beginning May 22, law-enforcement officials across the country will be out in full force, taking part in the 2017 “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

“As we kick off the busy summer driving and training season, it is critical that everyone buckles up every time they go out, day and night — no excuses,” said Sgt. Kevin Eckelberg with the Directorate of Emergency Services Police Department. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt, including drivers that have neglected to properly buckle their children. Click it or ticket.”

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Law-enforcement personnel from Wisconsin participate in a Click It or
Ticket campaign announcement May 18 in Madison, Wis. Included in this
photo are officers Kevin Zebro (second from right) and Kevin Eckelberg
(right) with the Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services Police
Department.
Photo courtesy of Directorate of Emergency Services

At 4 p.m. May 22, Fort McCoy will join law-enforcement agencies across half of the United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket “Border to Border” Operation.

Law-enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased seat-belt enforcement, sending a zero-tolerance message to the public: driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state or local area.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,874 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2015 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Unbelted fatalities are more prevalent at night than during the daytime — 51 percent of those killed in 2015 during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were unbelted at the time of the crash.

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” Eckelberg said. “We want to make this the safest summer possible. Buckling up is not optional; it’s both a violation of Army regulation and Wisconsin state law. It’s the difference between life and death in a crash. That’s why we’re out here enforcing the law. Click it or ticket, every time, day or night.”

From 1975 through 2015, seat belts have saved an estimated 344,447 lives nationwide. So while this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 22 to June 4, officers will continue to save lives by enforcing seat belt laws year-round.

For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit www.nhtsa.gov.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services Police Department.)