Law enforcement officials in West Fargo have received extra funding from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) to conduct overtime enforcement with the Click It or Ticket campaign. The public can expect to see West Fargo officers out a lot more May 24 to June 6, as they will focus on ticketing those who are not wearing a seat belt.
Sixty-five percent of motor vehicle fatalities on North Dakota roads were due to not wearing a seat belt in 2009. According to NHSTA, when seat belts are used, they reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent - and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs, and minivans.
"It takes less than three seconds to buckle up. Your seat belt will keep you inside your vehicle where there is room to live if you encounter a crash. The West Fargo Police Department is writing tickets to save lives that might otherwise be lost," said Officer Travis Johnson.
In North Dakota, it is the law that everyone in the front seat is required to wear a seat belt. If a driver and their passengers are under the age of 18, they can be stopped and cited for not wearing their seat belts. If the driver is 18 or over, they can be cited for not wearing a seat belt if they are stopped for another violation.
"Remember to buckle up - every trip, every time," Johnson said. "It will save you the cost of a ticket and may even save a life."