Click It or Ticket renewed and needed

Across the country, approximately 89.6 percent of motorists are smart enough to put on their seat belts when they get in their cars. Here in Ohio, the figure is more worrisome, at 84.9 percent. That means more than 15 percent of Buckeye State motorists are unnecessarily putting their lives at risk every time they get in a vehicle.

Ohio State Highway Patrol officers are working to change that with a new push to encourage folks to buckle up — a renewed Click It or Ticket campaign to run through June 2.

It should be enough to note that between 2016 and 2018, 1,326 people in Ohio who were not wearing an available seat belt while in motor vehicles were killed in crashes. And, last year, 121,019 people in Ohio were convicted of driving or riding in a passenger vehicle without wearing a seat belt. But too many people still believe a seat belt isn’t needed. In fact, some falsely believe they are somehow safer without one.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, “Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45 percent, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50 percent.”

Don’t take chances, ladies and gentlemen. When you get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt. It’s as simple as that.

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