SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- When Springfield Police say "click it or ticket," they really mean it.
Starting Monday and running through Feb. 16, there will be increased patrols enforcing seat belt and child safety seat laws.
This is all part of a nationwide campaign to bring attention to the importance of wearing your seat belt, as well as the proper protocol for children’s safety seats. Cities across the state of Oregon are joining police agencies across the country to take part.
Crash data from the Oregon Department of Transportation shows that the lack of using a safety belt or child restraint was a factor in 64 of 285 fatal car crashes in 2017.
Safety belts used correctly can reduce the risk of major crash injury or death by up to 65%.
Aaron Love said that as a father, it's encouraging to know that the city is making continued efforts to keep everyone safe.
“I feel that it should definitely be a priority in the community,” Love said. “I think that a lot of drivers are not as safe as they should be. There are a lot of blind corners around here that are extremely dangerous as pedestrians, as well as children.”
Donna Woods often takes her grandchildren to their local park. She said it is essential for a child to be secured in an appropriate safety seat and that should not change due to the distance one is driving.
“You think in the back of your mind that you just want to drive down there," Woods said. "You never know when a situation is going to happen, and there might be an accident. You always keep them in that car seat.”
Increased traffic enforcement patrols are funded by grants from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
If you need assistance installing or finding the appropriate car seat for your child, click here.