‘Click It or Ticket’ emphasis in Edmonds through June 4

May 24, 2017

The Edmonds Police Department will joins other law enforcement agencies in Snohomish County on the current Click It or Ticket campaign.

As Washingtonians prepare for upcoming summer travel, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission emphasizes the simplest step in keeping families safe: buckle up. The national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign is on now through June 4, concurrent with Memorial Day, one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.

“It’s more than just putting your own seat belt on in the car; it means making sure everyone else in your car is properly restrained, especially children,” said Cesi Velez, project manager of Washington’s Child Passenger Safety Program.

Other agencies placing special emphasis on seat belt and proper child restraint use will be the Arlington, Bothell, Everett, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Monroe police departments, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol.

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be a leading cause of unintentional death among children.

From 2011-2015, almost half (48 percent) of child fatalities caused by a vehicular collision had unknown or no restraint use; 15 percent of those were under 13 years of age and illegally riding in the front seat; and 21 percent were riding without a booster – restrained only by a lap/shoulder seat belt.

The majority of these tragedies likely could have been avoided had these children been properly restrained. Unfortunately, Washington’s current child passenger safety law can be difficult to interpret.

 

 

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