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Click It Or Ticket Campaign Begins

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The 2018 National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization is May 21 - June 3, 2018.

In 2016, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants ages 5 and older. The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and law enforcement officers saving lives.

Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - If you don't use your seat belt, this might be a good week to start.

Monday is the start of the annual statewide law enforcement campaign "Click It or Ticket," which runs through June 3. At least 160 law enforcement agencies will be emphasizing enforcement of the seat belt and child restraint laws.

Kansas law requires everyone 8 or older to be buckled in when riding in most vehicles. Children under age 4 must be in an approved child safety seat and those 4 to 7 must be in a booster seat until they are taller than 4-foot-9 or heavier than 80 pounds.

Fines for violating the laws range from $30 to $168.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reports nearly half of the 359 people killed in traffic accidents last year weren't wearing seat belts.

Missouri

According to SaveMOLives.com, six out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled. Missouri has a 84 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 90 percent.

Missouri law requires all drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts. If the driver holds an intermediate driver license, all passengers must wear seat belts. (DMV.org)

Child Car Seat Laws: While safety belts offer excellent protection for adults, they are not designed to keep children safe in the event of a motor vehicle accident. Missouri law states: (DMV.org)

Children should stay in a rear-facing child safety seat until 1 year old and 20 lbs.

A child less than 4 years old or weighing under 40 lbs. must be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for the child.

A child 4 through 7 years old, who also weighs at least 40 lbs. must be in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat until they are at least 80 lbs or 4 feet 9 inches tall.

Children 8 years old and older or at least 80 lbs, or more than 4 feet 9 inches, may ride fastened in a seat belt.

All children under 16 years old must be properly secured in a vehicle.

The fine for violating Missouri's child safety law is $50 plus court costs. Child safety seat requirements do not apply to children who are being transported in a school bus or public carrier for hire.

Oklahoma

To kick off the 2018 "Click It or Ticket" seat belt campaign, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office is partnering with St. John Health System, law enforcement partners, AAA Oklahoma, and other local groups to highlight the dangers of not wearing a seat belt.

This highly visible seat belt enforcement period begins on May 21 and runs through June 3, covering the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend. In 2016, 47.5 percent of all vehicle fatality victims in Oklahoma were not using safety belts or child restraint devices. Among the almost 34,000 people injured in crashes in Oklahoma during 2016, 2,500 were not restrained.  "In 2016, we lost 224 Oklahomans because they weren't buckled up," said Cody McDonell, communications manager for the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. "To us, that's 224 too many. Something as simple as clicking your seat belt can save your life."

During the 2017 "Click It or Ticket" campaign in Oklahoma, nearly 300 agencies participated, resulting in 8,057 seat belt violations and 244 child passenger restraint violations.  "Past 'Click It or Ticket' campaigns have shown how helpful it can be to our overall goal of spreading the message about the importance of buckling up," said Director Paul Harris of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.  "Wearing a seat belt is the number one thing anyone can do to help prevent death or injury during a vehicle crash," said Harris.

According to the State of Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, there seems to be a misconception among those who drive and ride in pickup trucks that their large vehicles will protect them better than other vehicles would in a crash. The numbers say otherwise: 61 percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed in 2016 nationwide were not buckled up. That's compared to 42 percent of passenger car occupants who were not wearing seat belts when they were killed. Regardless of vehicle type, seat belt use is the single most effective way to stay alive in a crash.  "Our goal isn't to write citations, but we do know tickets talk," said Lieutenant Joe Williams with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. "The 'Click It or Ticket' program gives us a chance to get out there on the roads and really focus on drivers and passengers who aren't buckled up."

SEAT BELTS

Wearing seat belts is the single most effective way to prevent serious injuries and save people from dying in car crashes.

It's also the law. Thanks to the Oklahoma Mandatory Seat Belt Use Act:

You can get pulled over solely for not wearing your seat belt.

By law, both the driver and front seat passenger must wear seat belts at all times.

The driver is solely responsible for properly securing children under age 12.

If cited for a seat belt violation, you can expect to pay a fine. But remember, the real cost for not wearing your seat belt could be your life. Buckle up, every trip, every time.

CHILD SEATS

Oklahoma law requires every child under 8 years old to be properly secured in a child passenger restraint system.

Follow these guidelines to keep them safe:

0-2 years: By law, children under 2 must be properly secured in a rear-facing car seat.

2-4 years: Must be in a car seat until age 4.

4-8 years: Must be in a car seat or child booster seat until at least age 8, unless the child is taller than 4'9".

8 years or taller than 4'9": Must wear a seat belt.

Regardless of age, the back seat is always the safest place for children.

Buckle them up, every trip, every time. It's the law.

"If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits," said Lt. Williams. "Help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up — every trip, every time."

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