Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

May 16, 2014

Click It or Ticket: Local law enforcement agencies kick off safety campaign

CLAREMORE —

Several area law enforcement agencies held a press conference Thursday at the J.M. Davis Gun Museum for the launch of the annual “Click It or Ticket” mobilization. 
All Green Country departments, including fire, EMS and public safety officials were invited to the event in an effort to improve the safety of drivers and passengers throughout northeast Oklahoma.
“Click It or Ticket” will begin Monday and continue through June 1.
Claremore Assistant Police Chief Charles Downum said during the campaign, officers will strictly enforce the state’s mandatory seat belt law through saturated patrols and more intersection enforcement.
“We’ll report our statistics from the campaign to the State Highway Safety Office, and they will be able to determine how successful the campaign was overall,” said Uniform Division Commander Danny Dobbins. “We get a lot more compliance than we used to and that’s because of these campaigns, but it’s not 100 percent and that’s our goal. '
According to statistics provided by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, in 2012, 708 people died on roadways statewide. Seat belt use was known in 477 of these accidents and of those 477, 57.7 percent were not wearing seat belts.
Nationwide in 2012, seatbelts saved 12,000 lives and it is estimated that 3,000 additional lives could have been saved if all unrestrained passengers had been wearing their seat belts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“One of the hardest jobs for a law officer is notifying family members and friends that a loved one has died in a crash,” Downum said. “What makes it even harder is knowing that it could have been prevented by wearing a seatbelt.”
For more information on the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization, visit nhtsa.gov.

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