Archbold, OH

Archbold Police Join Seat Belt Campaign

Archbold Police Department is joining forces with law enforcement agencies all over Ohio in conjunction with the 2008 Click It or Ticket campaign.

The effort is aimed at increasing the number of Ohio motorists who voluntarily use seat belts while on the road.

As part of that campaign, any motorist who is pulled over for a traffic violation and is not wearing a seat belt will receive a citation.

Martin Schmidt, Archbold Police chief, said during the Click It or Ticket campaign, Archbold police officers will be out writing citations.

Click It or Ticket runs from Monday, May 19, to Sunday, June 1.

“Even though people might not think it’s important to buckle up in town, crashes at speeds seen in town carry the likelihood of injuries.

“Injuries can be reduced if people are properly buckled up while in their vehicles,” he said.

While the majority of the speed limits in town are in the 25 to 35 miles-per-hour range, there are places where speed limits reach up to 50 mph.

Even at lower speeds, the possibility of injuries still exist.

It is a proven fact that seat belts can and do reduce injuries.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety said in 2007, 482 persons died in auto crashes while not wearing seat belts. That’s up from 2006, when there were 457 such crashes.

“Seat belt use is the single, most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes,” Henry Guzman, ODPS director said.

“Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing, but not wearing it could cost you everything,” Richard H. Collins, Ohio State Highway Patrol colonel, said.

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