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Kronenwetter Police to ramp up seatbelt enforcement

The Kronenwetter Police Department will intensify its enforcement of Wisconsin's mandatory seatbelt law during its annual "Click It or Ticket" mobilization from May 21 to June 3.

According to Lt. Terry McHugh, approximately 400 law enforcement agencies across the state will do the same.

"Traffic deaths in Wisconsin so far this year have increased compared with the same time last year and in many of these fatal crashes, the drivers and passengers were ejected from their vehicles because they were not buckled up," McHugh said. "To save and lives and prevent injuries, our officers will stop a vehicle and may issue tickets whenever they see an unbuckled driver or passenger. In hopes of increasing voluntary compliance, our goal throughout the year is to conduct high visibility traffic enforcement and couple that with education."

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there were nearly 85,000 convictions in 2011 for failure to fasten seatbeats. Wisconsin's seatbelt use is around 79%. The national average is 86%.

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