Beginning Monday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office launched its annual “Click It or Ticket” patrol campaign along with other agencies throughout Oregon.
The campaign will last through Nov. 29.
Through federal grant dollars from the Oregon Department of Transportation, the campaign allows enhanced patrols specifically for the enforcement and education of Oregon’s seatbelt and child restraint system laws. The patrols will be county-wide.
Sgt. Mark Norris said that while citations may be issued for violations, the primary focus is education.
“Our primary goal is to gain compliance with the law and to ensure the safety of everyone on the road,” Norris said in a press release. “This is all about safety.”
ODOT statistics from 2018 showed that lack of safety belt or child restraint use was a factor in 81 of 311 motor vehicle fatalities. Nationwide, the leading cause of death of children ages one through 12 is vehicle crashes. Of the 1,832 children in that age group injured in a crash, 11% reportedly were not properly using a child restraint system.
An Oregon law passed in 2017 requires children to ride in a rear-facing safety seat until at least two years of age. Any child over two years of age must continue to ride in a car seat with a harness or in a booster seat until they reach eight years old or the height of 4 feet, 9 inches, or until the adult seat belt fits them correctly.