Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Law enforcement officers across the state and country are mobilizing their 2012 "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement campaign May 21 - June 3.
The Benton police department issued a release Wednesday that its officers, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are joining officers across the state and country in actively enforcing seat belt laws.
“Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy,” said Lt. Curtis Wood. “Our goal is to save more lives, so Benton Police Department will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.”
According to the NHTSA website, of the 22,187 passenger vehicle fatalities in 2010, 51 percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane said in the release that Benton officers will ticket "anyone not buckled up ... no warnings and no excuses."