Platteville police and hundreds of other Wisconsin law enforcement agencies are enforcing seat belt laws in the annual Click It or Ticket campaign through May 31.
“Our officers are serious about safety belt enforcement,” said Platteville police Officer Matt Froiseth. “We see far too many drivers and passengers needlessly killed or injured because they were unbuckled in a crash.
“We’re not trying to write more tickets. Through enforcement and education, we’re striving to get people to buckle up every time they drive or ride in a vehicle.”
Although the state’s safety belt use rate of 85 percent is a record, more than half of drivers and passengers killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes last year were not wearing safety belts. There were more than 55,000 convictions for failure to fasten a seat belt in Wisconsin in 2014.