GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Motorists planning to navigate the roads may want to make sure they wear their seat belts, as agencies plan to crack down on seat belts.
The Green Bay Police Department (GBPD) is joining thousands of law enforcement agencies in the Click It or Ticket campaign.
From May 24 to June 6, the GBPD will join other state officers in patrolling longer hours to reinforce a message to motorists: wear your seat belt. The annual campaign begins at the same time as the first summer vacation (Memorial Day).
Officials say 89% of Wisconsin motorists wear seat belts and the 11% who do not represent 43% of all drivers and passengers killed in Wisconsin traffic.
Wisconsin’s primary seat belt law has been in place since 2009 and allows law enforcement to stop and give motorists citations for not wearing the seat belt. Drivers can also be cited for each passenger not locked in their vehicle. The penalties are higher for having children who are not retained in the vehicle.
More than 27,000 traffic convictions were passed in 2020 for not wearing a seat belt, making it Wisconsin’s most common traffic violation.
More information about the Click It or Ticket campaign can be found on the NHTSA website.