Click It or Ticket in July to Save Lives

The ‘Click or Ticket’ campaign is in full gear and extra traffic safety patrols will be added.

During the month of July, forty-eight law enforcement agencies in North Dakota will be adding extra traffic safety patrols for the Click It or Ticket campaign to bring awareness to the importance of seat belt use to prevent injuries and fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Not using a seat belt is the leading factor associated with traffic deaths. Last year in North Dakota, 93 percent of uninjured survivors of fatal crashes were wearing a seat belt.

In the southwest region of the state, the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Adams County, Billings County, and Stark County Sheriffs’ Departments, and Dickinson and Killdeer Police Departments will coordinate extra patrols.

“Seat belts are the law in North Dakota, but out on our rural roads it might be easy for you to forget to buckle up. Your seat belt is critical to the safety systems in your car or pickup. That’s why we’re teaming up to remind everyone to buckle up, every trip, every time,” said Stark County Sheriff Terry Oestreich.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and its safety partners are making a point to remind people to “Buckle Up in Your Truck.”  A seat belt study by the North Dakota State University Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute in 2015 found that one-third of male pickup passengers in North Dakota are unbelted.

The NDDOT administers federal grant funding for extra seat belt enforcement as part of an overall effort to prevent deaths and injuries on North Dakota roads.

Learn more about traffic safety initiatives at dot.nd.gov, ndcodefortheroad.org or join the conversation on the Code for the Road Facebook or Twitter page. Families are invited to create memorials for those who have died in crashes in North Dakota at ndcodefortheroad.org/memorial.