Bellville police joins Click it or ticket campaign

CLEAR FORK VALLEY — The Bellville Police Department wants people in the area to know it is participating in the national “Click it or ticket” campaign.

Motorists who refuse to wear their seatbelts – BEWARE! The 2018 National Click It or Ticket seatbelt enforcement mobilization kicks off May 21. The department said it helps save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up. The Bellville Police Department will join the Click It or Ticket campaign to reduce crash deaths as these motorists will face stepped up law enforcement.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “in 2016 there were 23,714 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of these crashes, the daytime (6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.) crashes declined from 45 percent in 2007 to 41 percent in 2016. The nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) crashes declined from 63 percent in 2007 to 56 percent in 2016.”

The Bellville Police Department joins with hundreds of law enforcement officials, highway safety representatives and safety advocated nationwide who have vowed support of the annual mobilization. Bellville Officers will be checking for seatbelt usage by both drivers and passengers, and will check for proper child restraints in vehicles.

“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket activities that will take place around the clock,” said Police Chief Ron Willey.

“If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled, anytime or anywhere, you can expect a ticket, not a warning. No excuses, no exceptions,” he said.

Staff report