Price Pd Joins National 'click It or Ticket' Campaign
Law enforcement across the nation is focusing on seat belt use with the "Click It or Ticket" campaign. The campaign started May 9 and will continue through June 5. State and local law enforcement will conduct high-visibility safety belt enforcement activities from through June 5.
Utah's safety belt laws is a secondary citation law, which means that law enforcement cannnot pull someone over for not wearing a seat belt alone, unless the driver is under 19 years old. Instead, drivers must be pulled over for speeding or another violation before they can be cited for not wearing safety belts.
Estimates suggest that 60 million Americans and 329,000 Utahns still ride unbuckled.
The Utah Department of Public Safety set up the "Buckled or Busted" campaign in 2000 and reported that safety belt use went up 18.3 percent over the past five years.
The new "Click It or Ticket" campaign is funded by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will receive no state or local funding.
Educational activities associated with the seat belt campaign will target teens and young adults between ages 16 and 34, who are at higher risk of being in a car crash and less likely to wear safety belts.
In addition to the seat belt enforcement by local law enforcement agencies, the Southeastern Utah Health District has donated t-shirts to be distributed to those complying with seat belt laws. The shirts will be distributed by the Price City Police Department.