2017 Click It or Ticket Campaign

The Richland Center Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department will team up with hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the Click it or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization, which will run from May 22nd through June 4th.

According to Richland Center Police Chief Lucas Clements, “The objective during the Click it or Ticket mobilization is not to write more tickets, but to save lives and reduce injuries through voluntary compliance with Wisconsin’s mandatory safety belt law. However, if voluntary compliance fails, the law will be enforced.”

According to the Wisconsin Bureau of Transportation Safety, Wisconsin’s overall safety belt use rate is approximately 86%, which is the all-time high for the state, but still lower than the national average of 88%. Motorists who are hurt or killed in traffic crashes because they didn’t buckle up create tremendous economic losses, estimated at nearly $1.8 billion in Wisconsin in 2013.

Richland County Sheriff Jim Bindl said that “Far too many people are killed or injured needlessly because they were not buckled up.” He added that “The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths and injuries.”

Both Clements and Sheriff Bindl want to remind motorists that as of June 30, 2009, Wisconsin has a primary enforcement seat belt law which allows an officer to stop and ticket a driver for not wearing a seat belt just like any other traffic stop. Officers no longer need some other violation in order to stop the vehicle.