The Marathon County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies have mobilized the Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement program. It will run through June 2.
Hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin will participate in the initiative.
“Our officers are serious about safety belt enforcement. We see far too many drivers and passengers needlessly killed or injured because they were unbuckled in a crash,” said Lt. Ted Knoeck in a news release.
“Our goal is voluntary compliance with traffic laws, not to write citations,” Knoeck said. “But given a chance, we’d much rather write a ticket than have to knock on someone’s door and inform them that a loved one has been killed or seriously injured in a crash.”
Forty-seven percent of the drivers and passengers killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes in 2017 were not wearing safety belts, according to the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office. For Marathon County, 50 percent of the drivers and passengers killed in traffic crashes in 2018 were not wearing safety