MANDAN, N.D.- – Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, law enforcement agencies statewide will add extra patrols to participate in a Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign in effort to save lives by enforcing North Dakota’s seat belt law. The campaign will run from July 1 through August 15.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that, nationally, more people die in motor vehicle crashes on average over the Independence Day holiday than any other time of the year. According to 2016 data from the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), the number one contributing factor in motor vehicle fatalities in North Dakota is not wearing a seat belt.
In 2016, about 58 percent of motor vehicle fatalities in North Dakota were not wearing their seat belt.
“A seat belt is the single most effective life-saving tool to prevent death and injury in a motor vehicle crash,” said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. “With increased traffic on the roads during the summer and over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, it’s time to turn the heat up by participating in the Click It or Ticket campaign. With this additional enforcement presence, we hope it will encourage motorists to wear a seat belt. It can save a life.”
The North Dakota Highway Patrol, the Burleigh County, Kidder County, McLean County and Morton County Sheriff’s Offices, and the Bismarck, Lincoln and Mandan Police Departments will be participating in this increased enforcement during this time.
The NDDOT administers federal grant funding for extra seat belt enforcement as part of an overall effort to prevent deaths and injuries on NorthDakotaroads.
Families are invited to create memorials for those who have died in crashes in North Dakota at ndcodefortheroad.org/memorial.