Sheriff's office joins others in seat belt enforcement effort
The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office has teamed with law enforcement agencies across the country on Border to Border, an event kicking off Nov. 16 in concert with the annual Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign that continues through the end of the month.
"Seat belts are not optional," said Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson in a news release. "The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday tends to be one of the busiest times on Oregon roadways. The Border to Border component of the Click It or Ticket campaign raises awareness about seat belt safety and reminds people of the importance of utilizing seat belts and child car seats. They save lives. Please buckle up every time."
Border to Border is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that aims to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seatbelt enforcement and providing seat belt fact sheets to drivers crossing heavily traveled, highly visible state border checkpoints, the release said.
The statistics behind the effort are sobering: According to the NHTSA, nearly 10,000 passenger vehicle occupants who were not wearing seat belts died in 2018. Included in that grim assessment is the fact that 56% of vehicle occupants killed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. were not wearing seat belts.
"That's one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign and the B2B kickoff event, nighttime enforcement," the release said. "Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night."
The maximum penalty for seat belt violations is $250 in Oregon, so buckle up.
For more information on Click It or Ticket, visit nhtsa.gov/ciot.
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