HURON – A national seat belt campaign running concurrent with the busy travel system kicks off later this month with a Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement effort.
The Huron Police Department is reminding all drivers of the importance of seat belt use. The annual campaign, which runs this year from May 20 to June 2, is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration program.
Enforcing seat belt use is designed to help keep families safe.
“During the Click It or Ticket campaign, we’ll be working with our fellow law enforcement officers across local and state lines to ensure the message gets out to drivers and passengers,” said Capt. Dan Kight of the Huron Police Department.
“We cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt,” he said. “It’s the law, but it’s more than that: By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash.
“We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time,” Kight said. “We see the loss of life. So often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.”
In 2017, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night, between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., were not wearing their seat belts. It’s why night time enforcement is one of the focuses of the program.
“If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we’ll consider our mission to be a success,” Kight said.
He said law enforcement officers are asking people to ask friends or family members who don’t buckle up to change their habits.
“Seat belts save lives, and everyone – front seat and back, child and adult – needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time,” he said.