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Click It or Ticket is about saving lives

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Monday, area law enforcement, first responders, students, and local business leaders gathered to stress the importance of wearing your seatbelt. Monday, area law enforcement, first responders, students, and local business leaders gathered to stress the importance of wearing your seatbelt.
The Click It or Ticket campaign will run through June 3rd. The Click It or Ticket campaign will run through June 3rd.

Although it's a secondary offense, it's your first line of defense that could save your life.

Monday, area law enforcement, first responders, students, and local business leaders gathered to stress the importance of wearing your seatbelt. The Click It or Ticket campaign is about to begin, where law enforcement will be working overtime to get the point across.

Click it or Ticket is not about citations, it's about saving lives. The national seat belt use rate in 2016 was 90% while it was only 80% in Allen County during the same time period. Allen County saw seven people involved in fatal crashes in 2017 that were not using safety equipment, five of them died. Authorities believe lives will be saved if more people buckle up.

"During this campaign, the sheriff's office starting today, we're offering 99 hours of overtime until the end of this month and even a little bit into next month just for this campaign, the Click It or Ticket campaign, we're going to be out there for seatbelt enforcement and we just want people to understand that you know this campaign does save lives and we're going to hope that we can encourage more people in this community to put their seatbelts on and it will make life truly safer for them," explained Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia.

Representatives from Allen East High School's "Students Against Destructive Decisions", known as "SADD", speaking about the safety grant that allowed them to concentrate on the younger students at Allen East about the importance of safety belts.

"The reason we focus on the tweens was because by high school people have already decided what they're going to do like they've already decided what groups they're going to be in, how they will behave so that's why we focused on the younger generation to promote a positive thing about seatbelts," said Faith Sealscott, Allen East SADD Co-President.

The Click It or Ticket campaign will run through June 3rd.

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