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Officers to intensify seatbelt enforcement
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Click It or Ticket, a national campaign aimed at enforcing seatbelt use, has driven McMinnville Police Department and Warren County Sheriff’s Department to intensify enforcement at the local level. 

From now through June 6, participating agencies across the state will increase seatbelt enforcement efforts as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s nationwide mobilization called Click It or Ticket.

McMinnville Police Department has several saturated patrols planned. 

“Beginning today through June 6, we will hold several saturated patrols looking for seatbelt violations,” said McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara on Monday. “We’re trying to do our part to educate motorists and occupants they need to wear their seatbelt. It’s great when we see people wearing their seatbelts. We’ll be looking for those who opt not to.” 

Mara cited several reasons why vehicle occupants should buckle up. 

One, seatbelts reduce injuries and save lives, Mara noted.

“Wearing a seatbelt will reduce crashes involving injuries,” said Mara. “It’s nearly impossible to walk away from a crash without an injury if you aren’t wearing a seatbelt. It doesn’t matter if it’s at low speed or a high-speed crash. You are more likely to be injured if you aren’t wearing a seatbelt.” 

Two, airbags work better with seatbelts.

“Airbags are good, but they cannot take the place of seatbelts,” said Mara. “Actually, the force of an airbag can seriously injure you if you aren’t wearing a seatbelt. Airbags and seatbelts work best together.”

Three, parents need to lead by example, Mara said.

“We try to educate parents on the importance of children being properly restrained and seat-belted,” said Mara. “It’s really difficult for children to understand the importance of seatbelts if their parents don’t use them. Children learn by observation, so let’s lead by example.”

Sheriff Tommy Myers added, “Buckling up is such a simple task that can keep you and your family safe in the car. But it’s more than that. Buckling up is the law. Our law enforcement officers see the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life. Often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. This should be automatic.”

The Click It or Ticket campaign traditionally begins the week before Memorial Day, which marks the unofficial start of summer.