Any law enforcement personnel will tell you wearing a seat belt could help save your life.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol Zanesville Post kicked off their Click-It or Ticket Campaign Monday. You can expect to see more law enforcement on the roadways as a way to remind drivers and their passengers of the importance of buckling up or face the legal consequences. Those consequences could include fines for not wearing a seat belt.
“Nationwide we’re estimating about 10,000 people every year are killed in traffic crashes that did not have their safety belts on,” said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Jirles. “It would have potentially saved their life. We can document at least 15,000 cases nationwide where a safety belt has saved someone’s life.”
The State Patrol said this campaign will also focus on young adults those ages 18-34. Last year, statistics show more than half of those in that age group killed in accidents were unrestrained-one of the highest percentages for all age groups.
“This whole project starts at home and what I mean by that is when kids see mom and dad wearing their safety belt, when they grow up to be young drivers they wear their safety belts,” said Sgt. Jirles.
The Click It or Ticket Campaign runs from now until June 5th. Sgt. Jirles said this time of year they see an increased amount of traffic due to summer vacations and warmer weather.