Claremore Daily Progress

April 30, 2013

Get Your ‘Clicks’ on Route 66 crackdown continues Friday

Staff Reports
Claremore Progress

OKLAHOMA CITY —

This Friday, law enforcement agencies across eight states will be taking part in the quarterly “Get Your ‘Clicks’ on Route 66” seat belt crackdown, enforcing seat belt and child passenger safety laws. The high-visibility mobilization runs for 24 hours on Friday.
Highway Patrol Troopers and State Police Officers from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois have joined with Oklahoma in enforcing seat belt laws along the famed “Mother Road,” said OHP Lt. Ben Crockett, coordinator for the program.
The Route 66 enforcement effort began in 2010 with a handful of law enforcement agencies in central Oklahoma. The 24-hour mobilizations take place once each quarter along Route 66 and routinely involve multi-state and multi-agency cooperation.
 “As law enforcement officers, one of the hardest parts of our job is notifying families that a loved one has died in a crash,” Crockett said. “It’s particularly difficult when the tragedy could have been avoided, had the person just made the choice to use his or her seat belt.”
Crockett said states all along Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles, are taking part in the quarterly mobilization for the second time. “
“It’s great to have agencies all along this famous highway demonstrating that using a seat belt is not only a smart decision, it’s the law.”
Historic Route 66 runs from Chicago, Ill., to Los Angeles, Calif.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 13,000 lives are saved across the country every year by seat belts and child restraints, and motorists are 75 percent less likely to be killed in rollover crashes if they are buckled up.