NPD to Kickoff Click It or Ticket Enforcement May 20

Date of Press Release: 
Fri, 05/17/2019
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, the Norman Police Department is reminding all drivers of the importance of seat belt usage. The annual ‘Click It or Ticket’ traffic enforcement and education project runs from May 20 to June 2. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt safety campaign aims to increase awareness during the start of the busy travel season.

“Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car,” said NPD Lieutenant Jeff Robertson. “But it’s more than that. Buckling up is the law. Our officers often see firsthand the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life. Often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. We want this action to be automatic anytime you get into a vehicle as the driver or a passenger.”

In 2017, 231 people were killed in crashes on Oklahoma roadways who were not wearing a seat belt. A total of 1,479 people were injured in collisions in Oklahoma who were not buckled up. Across the nation, 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes. At night, that number soars to 55 percent of those killed. That’s why the Norman Police Department will focus on both daytime and nighttime enforcement with high-visibility projects across Norman. NPD will take a zero tolerance approach to seat belt enforcement.

“Recent traffic studies in Norman show that male drivers are less likely to buckle up, as well as pick-up drivers and passengers,” said Lt. Robertson. “Despite the fact that Norman’s seat belt usage rate of 89 percent is above the state and national average, we encourage you to help any friends or family members who do not buckle up when they drive or ride in a vehicle to change their habits.”

Remember to Click It or Ticket! And always BUCKLE UP LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY!

The Click It or Ticket mobilization is done in partnership with NHTSA and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.