​Madison County sheriff embraces Click It or Ticket campaign

Published May 19, 2017 at 4:00pm

WAMPSVILLE — As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacations, Madison County is participating in a national selt belt campaign —  Click It or Ticket — and will show “zero tolerance” for those who aren’t buckled up.

Aimed at enforcing seat belt use, the Click It or Ticket campaign will take place May 22 through June 4, one of the busiest travel and holiday periods of the year.

“Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up,” said Sheriff Allen Riley. “It’s such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic next step after sitting down in a vehicle.”

“We want to keep our community members safe, and make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash: buckling up,” Riley added.

“If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving and gets them to buckle up, we’ll consider it a success,” the Madison County sheriff added.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained.

At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 57 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement.

Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night, according to national organizers of the annual seat-belt campaign. 

“Did you know someone who was killed in a crash because they did not buckle up?” asked Sheriff Riley. “Please, help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction.”

“Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time,” Riley added. 

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit