Area residents will notice an increased law enforcement presence between now and Dec. 10 as The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office joins with law enforcement statewide to educate motorists on the life-saving importance of wearing seat belts. The Click It or Ticket campaign is designed to remind motorists that seat belts save lives and that failing to buckle up can result in costly tickets fees.
“Seat belts clearly save lives, but unfortunately too many folks still need a tough reminder, so we are going to be out in force focusing on those who are not buckled up, it is something that only takes two seconds,” Sheriff Ron Pierini said. “Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing, but not wearing it will. So unless you want to risk a ticket, or worse — your life, please remember to buckle up.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 52 percent of car crashes occur within a five-mile radius of a motorist’s home and nearly 70 percent happen within 10 miles from home. Wearing a seat belt doubles motorists’ and passengers’ chances of surviving a crash.
During the enforcement campaign officers are looking for drivers who “fake it” by rushing to click their belt into place when pulled over for another offense. Drivers are not only accountable for themselves, but they also will be penalized for occupants in the vehicle who are not restrained.
While Nevada’s seat belt use rate of 91 percent is higher than the national average of 86 percent, law enforcement officials are zeroing in on that 9 percent who do not wear their seat belts. The intent of the campaign is to educate that minority — which accounts for 43 percent of fatalities on the state’s roadways — about the importance of buckling up.
Nevada Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement of seat belt use, DUI, distracted driving, speed and pedestrian safety. During this campaign last year, Nevada’s Joining Forces partners made 4,801 stops statewide, citing 3,986 adults and 95 teens.
In addition, 328 adults were issued citations for improperly restraining children.