CADIZ – In 2008, 12,671 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle crashes nationwide between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Nighttime drivers and passengers continue to be among those least likely to wear seat belts. Consequently, they are also among those most likely to die in motor vehicle crashes. That’s why Harrison County Sheriff’s Office is supporting enhanced nighttime enforcement of belt laws during the May 24–June 6, 2010, Click It or Ticket campaign,” said Sheriff Joe Myers.

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office joins hundreds of law enforcement officials, highway safety representatives and safety advocates nationwide who have vowed support of the annual mobilization. High-visibility enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 84 percent in 2009. Belt use saves thousands of lives each year across America. In 2008 alone, seat belts saved 13,250 lives nationwide and in Harrison County. The funding for overtime is all paid through a grant from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office that the Sheriff’s Office applies for every year. This is a way to get some of our tax dollars back to work here to protect the residence and traveling public of the County.

“Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket activities that will take place around the clock. If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket — not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions,” said Sheriff Joe Myers.

Remember this May 24 to June 6, 2010: It’s Click It or Ticket. Buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You’ll save the cost of a ticket and may even save a life.