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Click It or Ticket continues through June 4


 

Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Michigan State Police (MSP) continued last week with the kick off May 22 of a “Get Your Click On” Click-It-Or-Ticket mobilization to increase seat belt use in Michigan and across the Midwest region.

Tapping into state pride, the goal is to again make Michigan number one in the nation for seat belt use. Michigan has extended a friendly challenge to its neighbors in Indiana and Ohio to see which state can achieve the biggest improvement in its seat belt use rate this year.

“We can think of no better way for the people of Michigan to help us celebrate our 100th birthday than joining the ‘Get Your Click On’ challenge to increase seat belt use and save lives,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, MSP director. “The Michigan State Police is excited to partner with drivers, passengers and law enforcement officers across the state to make Michigan number one in seat belt use because we all win when we wear our seat belts.”

Michigan had the top seat belt use rate in the nation at 98 percent in 2009. In 2016, Michigan’s seat belt use rate was 94.5 percent.

“Cars are safer than ever before and seat belt technology has improved dramatically,” said Matt Reed, Ph.D., professor and head of the Biosciences Group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. “The most important decision you can make to keep you and your loved ones safe is to buckle your seat belt—in the front seat and in the back seat.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,874 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes in the United States in 2015—188 in Michigan. It is estimated that if all passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, 2,804 lives could have been saved nationally in 2015.

“Our goal is to make Michigan the best when it comes to seat belt use, for drivers and passengers,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “We know that the people of Michigan have a tremendous amount of state pride. We look forward to partnering with law enforcement officials and residents to make Michigan number one once again.”

The “Get Your Click On” Click-It-Or-Ticket mobilization will continue through June 4. Residents are encouraged to show their state pride by using #ClickOnMI across social media platforms to help spread the word.

As of May 30, 2017, 18 people died on Michigan roadways since last week making a total of 381 this year. In addition, 143 more were seriously injured for a statewide total of 1,959 to date.

Compared to last year at this time, there are 33 more fatalities and 475 more serious injuries.

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Make traffic safety a priority for Memorial Day Weekend 


Michigan State Police make a traffic stop. Photo courtesy of MSP.

As Michiganders take to the roads to get to their Memorial Day weekend destination, Michigan State Police troopers will be on patrol to encourage safe and responsible driving.

Again this year, MSP troopers are joining their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative Operation Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts (C.A.R.E.) to promote traffic safety during this busy travel period.

“Our troopers will be on patrol as part of Operation C.A.R.E. and the statewide Click It or Ticket safety belt mobilization throughout the holiday weekend,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “In addition to looking for safety belt and child restraint violations, troopers will pay special attention to drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and drugs or are driving in a reckless and unsafe manner.”

Last year, there were five fatal traffic crashes that resulted in six deaths over the Memorial Day weekend.

Operation C.A.R.E. began in 1977 as a collaborative effort between the MSP and the Indiana State Police, and is one of the nation’s longest-running traffic safety initiatives. It focuses on deterring the three main causes of highway fatalities: aggressive driving, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

State police and highway patrol agencies from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Quebec Police Force and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be participating in this lifesaving traffic safety initiative. Beginning this year, Operation C.A.R.E. includes participation from police agencies affiliated with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as well.

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Statewide Click It or Ticket campaign starts next week


 

Make buckling up part of your summer routine

N-Click-it-or-ticket-logoAs the weather turns warmer and Michigan families look toward the travel season, police departments, Sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will be conducting extra patrols across the state to encourage seat belt use.

The stepped up enforcement is part of the national Click It or Ticket campaign May 23-June 5. Research shows when seat belts are used properly, the risk of being killed in a crash is reduced by nearly 45 percent. The life-saving properties of a seat belt are more important than ever with recent data indicating Michigan crashes have increased in severity.

N-Click-it-or-ticket1-CIOT-Infographics“This campaign is about achieving 100 percent voluntary compliance with the state’s mandatory seat belt law with zero citations issued,” said Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director. “Seven percent of those surveyed still are not wearing seat belts and that only increases the risk of serious injury or death.”

The campaign seeks to save lives by increasing seat belt use. For many drivers, stepped up enforcement and the threat of a ticket are greater incentives to buckle up than the risk of death or injury in a crash.

During last year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement, 6,113 seat belt and child seat citations were issued. Eight people died in traffic crashes during the 2015 Memorial Day holiday period, including three fatalities in one crash in Calhoun County and an unbelted driver in Ottawa County.

Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers, and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4’9” tall, and children under 4 years old must be in the back seat.

OHSP coordinates the Click It or Ticket effort which is supported with federal funds. Grant-funded seat belt enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013.

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Michigan celebrates 15 years of life-saving seat belt law 


 

N-Click-it-or-ticketClick it or ticket effort seeks to boost seat belt use

For the first time, federally funded seat belt enforcement efforts will take place in all 83 Michigan counties to help jump start an increase in seat belt use and reduce traffic deaths and injuries.  Starting May 18 through May 31, police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will conduct stepped up seat belt enforcement as part of the annual Click It Or Ticket campaign.

The enhanced effort coincides with the 15th year since Michigan adopted a law allowing law enforcement officers to stop motorists for not being buckled up.  According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, 2,659 lives have been saved since the law began in 2000, as a result of substantially higher belt use.  States with primary enforcement laws have higher rates of seat belt use.

“The life-saving properties of a seat belt are well established yet some motorists continue to risk more than a $65 ticket by not buckling up,” said Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director.  “To help promote seat belt use, law enforcement officers will conduct dedicated seat belt enforcement in every corner of the state.”

Research shows when seat belts are used properly, the risk of being killed in a crash is reduced by nearly 45 percent. However the state’s seat belt use rate has fallen in recent years from a high of 98 percent in 2009 to 93 percent last year.  Every 1 percent increase in belt use results in approximately 10 fewer traffic deaths and 130 fewer injuries.

During last year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement, 7,767 seat belt and car seat citations were issued. Twenty people were killed in traffic crashes during the 2014 Memorial Day holiday.  Of those, seven were motorcyclists and nine were vehicle occupants, one of whom was not wearing a seat belt.

Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4’9” tall, and children under 4 years old must be in the back seat.

OHSP coordinates the Click It Or Ticket effort.  Grant-funded seat belt enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013.

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More than 1,800 seat belt citations issued 


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Officers from more than 150 local police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police issued 1,814 seat belt and child restraint citations during the Click It Or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign Oct. 27-Nov. 9.

“Officers from local, county and state agencies conduct seat belt enforcement zones to remind motorists that seat belts are your best and primary defense in the event of a crash,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). “These efforts are about saving lives and preventing injuries.”

For the first time since 2009, seat belt use in Michigan increased slightly in 2014, from 93 percent to 93.3 percent.

During the two-week effort, officers also issued 512 citations for speeding, 319 citations for driving with a suspended license, 258 citations for red-light running and 445 citations to uninsured motorists. Officers arrested 119 fugitives and 142 others for misdemeanors. Of the 180 arrests for drunk driving, 23 had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.17 percent or higher.

A seat belt enforcement zone in Berrien County resulted in an arrest for a concealed pistol violation. In Wayne County, a driver arrested with a BAC of 0.17 had an infant in the vehicle. In addition, a teenage driver in Marquette County was arrested for drunk driving.

According to preliminary reports, there were six traffic fatalities Oct. 31-Nov. 1. One of those involved alcohol and two drivers were not wearing seat belts. There were 13     fatalities during the same period in 2013.

Law enforcement officers from Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Chippewa, Delta, Eaton, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne and Wexford counties participated in the Click It Or Ticket campaign.

The traffic enforcement effort was paid for with federal traffic safety funds coordinated by OHSP.

Grant-funded seat belt and drunk driving enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in February 2013.

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West Michigan officers step up Click It or Ticket enforcement


N-Click-it-or-ticketLocal agencies on the lookout for unbelted drivers May 20-June 2

Research shows when seat belts are used properly, the risk of being killed in a crash is reduced by nearly 50 percent. However, 225 of the people killed last year in crashes where seat belts were available were not buckled up.

In an effort to increase seat belt use and saves lives, law enforcement from 155 agencies across the state will take to the streets May 20-June 2 to stop and ticket unbelted motorists. Agencies in 26 counties, including Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and Van Buren, will be conducting seat belt enforcement paid for through federal traffic safety funds administered by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP).

N-Click-it-seatbelt-stats“Wearing a seat belt is the easiest, most effective way to save your life in the event of a traffic crash,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “It can also save you $65 as Michigan law enforcement will be out strictly enforcing the state’s seat belt law over the next couple of weeks.”

Following the state’s record-high rate of 97.9 percent in 2009, seat belt use declined to 93.6 percent in 2012. Every 1 percent increase in belt use means 10 fewer traffic deaths and 130 fewer injuries.

During last year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement, 8,050 seat belt and child seat violation tickets were written.

Michigan law requires all drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any position to be buckled up. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4’9” tall. Children must be in a seat until they reach the age requirement or the height requirement, whichever comes first.

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