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"Click It or Ticket" campaign kicks off at Lakota West
The Butler County OVI Task Force is reminding all motorists to buckle up!
The “Click It or Ticket” campaign officially began Monday, May 20 and runs through Sunday, June 2. Officers, deputies and troopers will be ramping up efforts during the next couple weeks to ticket drivers who are not wearing seatbelts.
On Thursday, May 16, the Butler County Safe Communities Coalition kicked off the campaign locally with an event to recognize Lakota West High School students for their seat-belt buckling proficiency.
During the “Battle of the Belts” seat belt challenge, young drivers at schools across the county were audited by coalition members to determine how well students buckled up. Lakota West won the contest with an astounding 90.75% of all drivers having been properly restrained this spring.
The recognition ceremony featured presentations by guests from area law enforcement agencies and by Butler County Coroner Dr. Lisa Mannix. Speakers reminded students of the grave importance of wearing seat belts in vehicles at all times and making safe choices behind the wheel. Fourteen teenagers have died in car crashes over a four year span in Butler County, Dr. Mannix told students.
Nationally, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is considered the “100 deadliest days for teens” by automotive safety think tanks and researchers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crashes are annually the leading cause of death in teens, accounting for 3,255 fatalities in 2017 alone. Statistically, these types of crashes involving young, inexperienced drivers occur more often in summer than any other time of year.
The Butler County Safe Communities Coalition offers high school students various education programs and resources to combat unsafe driving practices. Teens are encouraged to register for upcoming training and skill-building opportunities such as the Tire Rack Street Survival program, happening June 1 in Liberty Township and again June 22 in Mason. Learn more at www.safetycouncilswohio.org.
Butler County officials remind you, again: “Save yourself from a fine and save your life, BUCKLE UP!”
The Butler County OVI Task Force is funded by the US DOT/NHTSA and ODPS.