The local effort is part of a statewide initiative aimed at increasing seat belt use. The fine for not wearing a seatbelt in
WSU Police Chief Steve Hansen said, “We think it is important to take part in this statewide effort. Seatbelt use saves lives and the Click It or Ticket campaign has been successful in encouraging more people to buckle up.”
According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, studies show that that a person wearing a seatbelt has a 70 percent better chance of surviving a crash than a non-belted person. Last year in
Before a May/June 2003 Click It or Ticket campaign statewide, police agencies observed 90.6 percent seat belt use rate. After the enforcement campaign, surveys showed the rate had risen to 95 percent.