Beginning May 24th and running through June 6th, Bayside Police Department will once again participate with many other law enforcement agencies throughout the state and the country in the "Click It or Ticket" program. Our goal is to increase the use of safety belts. Wisconsin's safety belt use is substantially lower at 74% than that of the national average of 84%.
The National Highway Safety Administration estimates that nearly 200 lives were saved in Wisconsin in 2008 by the use of safety belts. Consistent safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect people from being ejected from a vehicle or being thrown around violently inside it during a crash. Economic losses from traffic fatalities and injuries in Wisconsin were nearly $2 billion in 2008. Society picks up 75% of these costs in terms of higher insurance premiums, taxes, and other public funding.
Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death nationwide for teens and young adults. Surprisingly, only 58% of drivers ages 16 to 25 use safety belts, which is lowest of any age group in Wisconsin. On average, a motorist age 19 or under is killed or injured in a traffic crash every hour and 12 minutes in Wisconsin.
In 2009 Wisconsin enacted a "primary safety belt law" which allows law enforcement to stop and ticket unbuckled drivers and passengers even if another violation is not observed. The "Click It or Ticket" campaign is designed to increase the awareness of all motorists. Always wear your seat belt and insist that everybody in a vehicle you are riding in is wearing one as well. Fines range from $10 to $172.