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Letter to the editor/commentary

May 15, 2013

If you think that you don’t need to buckle your safety belt because you’re a good driver, remember that you’re likely sharing the road with bad drivers, who cause crashes when you least expect it. Once a crash occurs, it’s too late to buckle up.

Fastening your safety belt every time you drive or ride in a vehicle provides proven protection against serious and fatal injuries. Buckling-up also is quick and easy, so it’s hard to understand why approximately one out of five Wisconsin motorists does not wear a safety belt.

To increase safety belt use, law enforcement officers throughout Wisconsin will be patrolling city streets, rural roads, and major highways during the Click It or Ticket mobilization from May 20 to June 2. The Click It or Ticket message is clear—whenever officers see an unbelted driver or passenger, they will stop the vehicle and issue tickets.

The ultimate goal of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and our traffic safety partners is to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to "Zero in Wisconsin." To achieve this life-saving goal, all of us—no matter how good a driver we think we are—need to buckle up every trip, every time.

Mark Gottlieb
Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

 

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