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Oklahoma Law Enforcement Agencies Will Show Zero Tolerance

ClickItOrTicketOnce again, Oklahoma Law Enforcement Agencies statewide encourage motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 23 to June 5, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said Chief Adams of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save lives in a crash: buckling up.”

According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, nearly half of the 472 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2014 were unrestrained. Forty percent of the unrestrained fatalities were totally ejected from the vehicle. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night and educating motorists on the importance of buckling up.

“If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up,” added Chief Adams. “The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention, and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job.”

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

For more information on Oklahoma Crash Facts visit www.ohso.ok.gov (405) 523.1570.