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Transportation Secretary letter to the editor/commentary

May 14, 2014

Hundreds of law enforcement agencies from all over Wisconsin will participate in the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign from May 19 to June 1. Click It or Ticket is the largest law enforcement mobilization in the state.

Law enforcement agencies participate in Click It or Ticket because their officers know all too well what happens to unbuckled drivers and passengers in crashes. They’ve seen people who’ve been ejected from vehicles. They’ve seen people who’ve been thrown around violently inside a vehicle and have smashed into other vehicle occupants with massive force. And they know that these people likely could have escaped a violent death or serious injury if they would have buckled up.

Fastening your safety belt every time you drive or ride in a vehicle provides proven protection against serious and fatal injuries. Buckling-up also is quick and easy, so it’s hard to understand why approximately one out of five Wisconsin motorists does not wear a safety belt.

During Click It or Ticket and throughout the year, law enforcement agencies and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are striving to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to "Zero in Wisconsin." To achieve this life-saving goal, all of us need to buckle up—day or night, and every trip, every time.

Mark Gottlieb
Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation



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