'Click It Or Ticket' campaign stopped more than 13,700 vehicles
The 'Click It Or Ticket' campaign in 40 counties conducted more than 13,700 traffic stops resulting in 7,767 seatbelt and child restraint citations during May 19 through June 2.
"Our goal is to save lives and reduce injuries by increasing seat belt use, not write tickets," says Michael L. Prince director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. "Michigan motorists should always remember seat belts saves lives, so buckle up every trip, every time."
According to the Michigan State Police, during one 'Click it Or Ticket' traffic stop in Ottawa County, a person was arrested for three felony warrants as well as in Monroe County a driver was not wearing a seat belt and was arrested for driving as stolen vehicle and outstanding felony warrants.
Over the 2014 Memorial Day holiday period, there were 20 traffic-related fatalities and of these crashes, there was one fatality where no seat belt was used.
This is compared to the 15 traffic fatalities during the 2013 Memorial Day holiday period.
The 'Click it or Ticket' effort was funded through federal highway safety grants and coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.
The 40 counties included in the special enforcement patrols are Alpena, Antrim, Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Charlevoix, Chippewa, Cheboygan, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Eaton, Emmet, Genesee, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, Kent, Leelanau, Livingston, Mackinac, Macomb, Manistee, Marquette, Menominee, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Otsego, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne, and Wexford.
Governor Rick Snyder signed this project as part of Michigan's Strategic Highway Safety Plan in 2013.