West Fargo Police officers participating in a state wide "Click It or Ticket" campaign Nov. 9 to Nov. 17 conducted eighty-seven traffic stops and issued thirty-four citations to drivers who failed to buckle up. A total of fifty-one citations and twenty-seven warnings were issued in West Fargo. There was also one arrest for driving without liability insurance.
Funding for the "Click It or Ticket" campaign is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is coordinated by the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Participating law enforcement agencies receive reimbursement for the officer's overtime wages and for vehicle mileage. During the targeted enforcement period West Fargo officers worked forty-seven hours of overtime and drove two hundred ninety-seven miles. Additional campaigns will occur during January, May and July of 2013.
Officer Jorge Gonzalez said, "I view the use of occupant restraints as a high priority in improving traffic safety in North Dakota and in West Fargo. The simple act of properly wearing your seat belt can reduce the severity of your injuries and save your life if you are involved in a motor vehicle crash. Being buckled up must apply to everyone in the vehicle"
A significant number of people are killed each year in North Dakota in single motor vehicle crashes according to Gonzales. "Drivers and passengers can be partially or fully ejected from the vehicle during a rollover crash. Once you leave the vehicle your chances of survival are greatly reduced."
The West Fargo Police Department asks that no matter where you plan to drive, seat belt use should be, 'everyone- every time'.