Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 21 through June 3, concurrent with the busy travel season.
After the briefing, around 1 p.m. Tuesday, law enforcement and area emergency responders will conduct an honor procession from downtown Ashland across the Ohio River to Ironton - a caravan of vehicles from all three states joining together to raise awareness that seat belts save lives and to kick off Click It or Ticket at a news conference at Ohio University. Xenia High School, the victor of the 2018 Spring High School Seat Belt Challenge, will be awarded with a check in the amount of $500, sponsored by All State Agent, Scott Pauley.
"Our mission is to save lives and reduce injuries by getting more people to buckle up", Ashland Police Chief Todd Kelley said.
Of those vehicle crashes, more than 300 people have died.
During the 2017 "Click It or Ticket" campaign in Oklahoma, almost 300 agencies participated, resulting in 8,057 seat belt violations and 244 child passenger restraint violations.
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Washington law enforcement agencies are stepping up efforts to enforce seat belt use. In 2016 alone, seat belts saved 14,668 lives nationwide.
More than 150 law enforcement agencies in Washington will be participating in the campaign. Motor vehicle occupants who buckle up increase their chances of surviving a crash by as much as 75 percent.
In 2017, 42 percent of automobile fatalities in North Carolina were drivers or passengers who were not wearing their seat belt.
"Our goal isn't to write citations, but we do know tickets talk", said Lieutenant Joe Williams with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. "We don't want to have to write you a ticket, so please buckle-up, every trip, every time". "Seat belts save lives, and everyone - front seat and back, child and adult - needs to do not forget to buckle up - every trip, every time".