MT. PLEASANT, MI – Beginning May 22nd, 2017, the Michigan State Police, Mt. Pleasant Post, will participate in the annual two-week Click It or Ticket enforcement period.
During this time, troopers will work extra patrol shifts with the objective of increasing safety belt and child restraint use among motorists in order to reduce injuries and potentially save lives. The two-week period encompasses the Memorial Day weekend, which historically has a higher crash rate than average. Six people died in traffic crashes during the 2016 Memorial Day weekend.
Safety belt use was estimated at 92.8 percent in Michigan in 2015, based on an observational study by Wayne State University. While approximately 7.2% of Michigan vehicle occupants were unsecured, a disproportionate 39.3% of those killed in traffic crashes in 2015 were not wearing belts. Proper use of lap and shoulder belts, in conjunction with a vehicle’s air bag system, can reduce the risk of injury or death in a crash by 45%. Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers, and any passenger under the age of 16, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained. Additionally, children must be properly secured in a child restraint system (car seat or booster) until they reach either 8 years of age, or 4’9” in height. Children under the age of 4 must be placed in the back seat, with some limited exceptions.
The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning is coordinating the effort, which is supported by federal traffic safety funds. Grant-funded safety belt enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Governor Rick Snyder in 2013.