MADISON (WAOW) - The Wisconsin State Patrol says 405 law enforcement agencies, the most ever, are participating in the annual "click it or ticket" mobilization in Wisconsin to get more people wearing seat belts.
The campaign, which includes more officers patrolling for longer hours to crack down on unbuckled drivers and passengers, starts Monday and continues through June 2, said Sandra Huxtable, director of the state Bureau of Transportation Safety.
"Last year in Wisconsin, there were nearly 105,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts. Among all traffic violations in Wisconsin, safety belt convictions were second only to speeding convictions," Huxtable said in a statement Thursday.
Surveys indicate Wisconsin's seat belt use rate is about 80 percent, but it lags behind the national average of 86 percent and some neighboring states at more than 90 percent, Huxtable said.
"Through enforcement and education, we’re trying to convince everyone to buckle up voluntarily so that ultimately we can reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin," the traffic safety expert said.