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Click It or Ticket campaign underway on state roads

Calling it the largest law enforcement mobilization ever in the state, the Wisconsin State Patrol says law enforcement agencies will be out in force to enforce the state seatbelt law.

The effort is called Click It or Ticket and State Patrol officials say it will involve 350 law enforcement agencies.

"The Click It or Ticket message is simple. If you are stopped by an officer and aren't wearing a safety belt, you will get a ticket. And with a recent change in state law, drivers also may get a ticket for every unbuckled passenger in their vehicle," said David Collins, State Patrol superintendent.

The campaign starts May 19 and runs through June 1.

State Patrol officials say this year's Click It or Ticket is the largest coordinated law enforcement mobilization ever in Wisconsin.

Officers will be patrolling in greater numbers and for longer hours to enforce the state's mandatory safety belt law.

In addition, Click It or Ticket safety belt messages will be broadcast on television and radio stations.

"Our goal is not to write more tickets but to save lives and prevent needless injuries by increasing voluntary compliance with Wisconsin's safety belt law," Collins said.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the enactment of Wisconsin's mandatory safety belt law.

Since 1988, there have been more than 1.3 million convictions for failure to fasten safety belts, making it the state's second most common traffic offense (speeding is No. 1), according to the State Patrol.

"Buckling up every time, day or night, provides the most effective protection against being ejected from a vehicle or thrown around violently inside it during a crash," says Collins.