EUGENE, Ore. -- The national 'Click It or Ticket' safety effort will be kicking off on Monday, as a way to remind drivers about the lifesaving benefits of wearing a seat belt.
The safety effort is led by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Eugene Police Department also wants to bring awareness to this important topic.
The national seat belt campaign, which coincides with the Labor Day holiday, runs from August 23 to September 6, 2021.
“We need to emphasize the importance of buckling up, because we still come across drivers and passengers from time to time who are not wearing their seat belt," Traffic Safety Supervisor Sergeant Shawn Marsh said. “It’s the simplest thing you can do to limit injuries during a crash, and potentially save your life.”
According to NHTSA, in 2019, there were 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States.
One focus of the 'Click It or Ticket' campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.
In Eugene, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $150.
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Details about proper car seat use for children can be found here.