Click it or Ticket campaign kicks off

From left are OSU Extension Clermont County and Safe Communities grant staff Krista Bradley, Margaret Jenkins, Kelly Royalty and Gigi Neal; Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Nelson Holden; Clermont County Commissioners David Uible, Bob Proud, and Ed Humphrey; and Clermont County Sheriff’s Office Captain Paul Kamphaus.
Clermont County Safe Communities kicked off the Click It or Ticket campaign May 12 with a proclamation issued by the County Commissioners.

Clermont County Commissioners Ed Humphrey, Bob Proud and David Uible recognized May 19-June 1 as Clermont’s CIOT mobilization enforcement period during the Board of Commissioners Session.

CIOT is a national campaign for local law enforcement and traffic partners to remind citizens to buckle up. Law enforcement will target seat belt usage to make sure occupants are buckled up day and night to reduce the risk of injury and death caused in traffic crashes.

To help spread the message, Safe Communities and local law enforcement will staff a CIOT booth at the Eastgate Harley Davison Open House on May 17.

Statistics show younger motorists, young men in particular, are the most likely not to wear their seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Among teens and young adults, ages 18-34, who were killed in fatal crashes in 2011, 64 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash, the highest percentage of any age group.  The number jumps to 66 percent when only men in this age group are included.

The use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 12,174 lives in 2013. Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

Clermont County Safe Communities, a grant funded through the Ohio Department of Public Safety, focuses on decreasing traffic crashes and fatalities by increasing motor vehicle and traffic safety awareness through education and community partnership. The grant is managed by Ohio State University Extension Clermont County.

Clermont County Extension is a non-formal education branch of OSU. The office merges needs of local citizens with OSU’s research through four focus areas: Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development.

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