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Posted on: May 15, 2018

Change Habits to Save Lives

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Beginning May 21 and until June 3, 2018, the Marshalltown Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office along with other state and local law enforcement agencies across the United States will be stepping up enforcement with the Click It or Ticket campaign. This concentrated effort will be on the lookout for motorists who aren’t wearing their seatbelts. Click It or Ticket is not just about writing tickets; it’s about saving lives. In 2016, there were 10,428 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States.

According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), 48 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes and they had a lower seat belt use rate. It is even worse at night when 56 percent of the fatalities were unrestrained.

 If you have a friend or family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please encourage them to make it a habit. It is simple and can save your life.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, and local law enforcement remind you that seat belts save lives, and everyone – front seat and back, child and adult – needs to remember to buckle up – every trip, every time.

RELEASED BY: Lt Rick Bellile,, 641-754-5725.

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