The Milwaukee Police Department advises anyone motoring on the roads this Memorial Day weekend to click it or get a ticket.
MPD has intensified its enforcement of Wisconsin’s mandatory safety belt law during the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s annual Click It or Ticket mobilization, which runs from May 21 to June 3. About 400 law enforcement agencies throughout the state are expected to participate in this year’s Click It or Ticket mobilization.
Traffic deaths in Wisconsin so far this year have increased compared with the same time last year. In all too many recent fatal crashes, drivers and passengers were ejected from the vehicle because they were not buckled up. That’s why MPD is serious about safety belt enforcement. To save lives and prevent injuries, officers will stop a vehicle and issue tickets whenever they see an unbuckled driver or passenger. The goal during Click It or Ticket and throughout the year is not to write more tickets. Through enforcement and education, police are trying to convince everyone to buckle up voluntarily so that eventually MPD can reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin.
Last year, there were nearly 85,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts. Among all traffic violations, safety belt convictions in Wisconsin were second only to speeding convictions, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.