DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Be warned. Click It or Ticket!
The Montgomery County OVI Task Force kicked off the national seat belt enforcement campaign Wednesday afternoon at Trotwood-Madison High School.
Officers will be stepping up patrols through the end of this month to make sure we are all buckled up!
“We cannot stress enough to the children, the teenagers and to the young adults to wear their seat belts as well as to the parents to show responsibility and make sure their children are seat belted. The bottom line is, seat belts save lives,” said Sgt. Brent Rasor, Trotwood Police Department.
“So, it’s a simple choice getting into the vehicle. The driver and ensuring the passenger seat belt prevents that tragedy. It’s a tragedy for us. It’s a tragedy for law enforcement and to have to have that experience with your loved ones if you make the choice not to buckle up and are killed or severely injured during a crash,” said Dr. Kent Harshbarger, Montgomery County Coroner.
19 people died in Montgomery County last year not wearing a seat belt.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,000 killed in crashes in 2013 were not wearing seat belts.