Deputies Begin "Click It or Ticket" Patrols (Photo)
JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies are kicking off two weeks of focused enforcement aimed at saving lives on the road. JCSO joins law enforcement agencies across the nation for the “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign.
Deputies will be adding patrols from May 20 to June 2, 2019, to ensure that drivers and passengers are wearing their seat belts. Grant funding allows JCSO to add the enforcement patrols without reducing the number of deputies available for regular calls for service.
“Oregon has a relatively high usage rate for seat belts,” said Sgt. Julie Denney. “But we still see deaths and injuries that could have been prevented if people had buckled up.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 10,000 unbuckled vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States in 2017. Fifty-one percent of men killed in crashes were not buckled up, compared to 39 percent of women. Many crash fatalities involving unrestrained passengers also involve impairment or distractions.
The bottom line, according to NHTSA: wear your seat belt every time—no matter how uncomfortable it feels or how far you're going. It could save your life.