Montana Kicks Off Click It or Ticket Campaign
Missoula Law Enforcement in Full Force
Missoula, MT May 15th, 2018 – As Memorial Day approaches and the summer travel season begins, local law enforcement reminds drivers to click it or ticket. The national Click It or Ticket campaign will begin May 15th and extend through June 3. During this time, Missoula City law enforcement will join the Montana Highway Patrol to educate the public on proper seat belt use and crack down on motorists who fail to buckle up.
Motor vehicle crashes are one of the top five causes of death in Montana. More than half of the people killed each year in crashes aren’t wearing a seat belt. At 78 percent, Montana’s seat belt use rate continues to fall lower than the national average.
“Too many people out there are going unbuckled,” said sergeant Greg Amundsen. “When we pull drivers over, it’s not because we want them to pay, it’s because we want them to understand the importance of wearing a seat belt. If it takes writing them a ticket to understand that, then that’s what we’re going to do!”
In Montana, 44 percent of all fatal crashes occur during the summer months, making summer one of the deadliest times of year on Montana roads. In 2017, 93 people died during the months of May-August. Many of these fatalities could have been prevented by wearing a seat belt – reducing the chance of fatal injury by nearly half.
“Saving lives will always be our number one goal,” said Mike Tooley, director of the Montana Department of Transportation. “One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up – that’s why it’s the law, and that’s why we help officers enforce it.”
Increased traffic safety patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation. This and other enforcement, engineering, emergency medical services and educational campaigns are strategies to reach Vision Zero — zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways. For more information about Vision Zero, contact Charity Watt, Montana Department of Transportation, 406-444-3439, [email protected].