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Border to Border Seat Belt Enforcement Kicks Off Click It or Ticket Campaign

Friday November 13, 2020

For Immediate Release:

Beginning November 16th, Utah DPS is launching “Border to Border” seat belt enforcement with a Click It or Ticket Campaign aimed at holiday road travel.

UHP partnering with neighboring states’ police to encourage Utahns to buckle up

Salt Lake City, Utah – On November 16th, the Utah Highway Patrol will join law enforcement agencies throughout Utah and its six neighboring states for a Border to Border (B2B) event to kick off the annual Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign. Law enforcement agencies will send a zero-tolerance message to the public: driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state. The campaign will run through November 29th. 

Utah is partnering with law enforcement agencies in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Arizona. Participating agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Utah, not wearing a seat belt is a primary offense and can result in a $45 fine.  However, the maximum penalty for not wearing a seat belt could be fatal.  Police statewide will work more than 775 additional shifts focused on high-visibility enforcement to stop and educate motorists who aren’t wearing a seat belt.

According to NHTSA, in 2018, there were 9,778 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign and the B2B kickoff event is nighttime enforcement.  Here in Utah, 33.8% of deaths were unbuckled on Utah roadways. During 2019, the highest percentage of unrestrained injured crash occupants were 15-19 years old. Additionally, 32% of teenage fatalities were unrestrained, and nearly 69% of unrestrained fatalities were male.

“The Border to Border component of the Click It or Ticket campaign is so important because it raises awareness about seat belt safety and reminds people that seat belts aren’t optional,” said Utah Highway Patrol Colonel Michael Rapich. “The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Families may be heading out to spend time with their loved ones, so it’s imperative we get the word out about the importance of seat belts.”

“If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. Help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member dies due to this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up—every trip, every time,” said Colonel Rapich.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, DPS is hosting a virtual press event on Tuesday, November 17th at 9:30 am, or please visit www.clickit.utah.gov/buckleup 

Visuals: 

  • Photos of partnering law enforcement agencies at Utah’s highway border signs.

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Media Contact:

Lt. Nicholas Street, Utah Highway Patrol
nstreet@utah.gov
801-554-5659

NEVADA

Image shows officers from Tooele County Sheriff's Office, Elko County Sheriff's Office, West Wendover PD, Wendover PD, UHP, NHP standing in front of their vehicles which are positioned in front of the Wendover Will sign.
UHP, West Wendover PD, Tooele County Sheriff’s Office, Elko County Sheriff’s Office Nevada Highway Patrol, and Wendover PD met at the Wendover Will sign for the Border to Border seat belt enforcement campaign.
Image shows a NHP Trooper and UHP Trooper standing in front of their vehicles which are in front of the Wendover Will sign.
Image shows officers from Tooele County Sheriff's Office, Elko County Sheriff's Office, West Wendover PD, Wendover PD, UHP, NHP standing in front of their vehicles which are positioned in front of the Wendover Will sign.

WYOMING

Image shows a group of Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers and Utah Highway Patrol Troopers standing in front of their vehicles which are positioned in front of the Welcome to Wyoming sign.
Members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol and Utah Highway Patrol met at Utah-Wyoming border for the Border to Border seat belt enforcement campaign.
Image shows a Wyoming Highway Patrol vehicle and a UHP vehicle which are positioned in front of the Welcome to Wyoming sign.
Image shows a group of Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers and Utah Highway Patrol Troopers standing in front of their vehicles which are positioned in front of the Welcome to Wyoming sign.
Image shows a group of Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers and Utah Highway Patrol Troopers standing in front of their vehicles which are positioned in front of the Welcome to Wyoming sign.
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IDAHO

Members of the Idaho State Police, Utah Highway Patrol, Oneida and Cassia County Sheriff’s Offices met at the Idaho-Utah border for the Border to Border seat belt enforcement campaign.
Image shows an Idaho State Police Officer and a UHP Trooper standing in front of the their vehicles which are in front of the Welcome to Idaho sign.
Image shows Idaho State Police Officers, UHP Troopers and Deputies from Cassia and Oneida County Sheriff's Office stand in front of their vehicles in the median of I 84 with the welcome to Idaho sign in the back.
Image shows an Idaho State Police Officer and a UHP Trooper standing in front of the their vehicles which are in front of the Welcome to Utah sign.
Image shows Idaho State Police Officers, UHP Troopers and Deputies from Cassia and Oneida County Sheriff's Office stand in front of their vehicles in the median of I 84 with the welcome to Utah sign in the back.

ARIZONA

Image shows a UHP vehicle and an AZHP vehicle parked in front of the welcome to Arizona sign with a UHP Trooper and AZ state Trooper standing in front of them.
UHP and AZHP met at the Utah-Arizona border for the Border to Border seat belt enforcement campaign.
Image shows a UHP vehicle and an AZHP vehicle parked in front of the welcome to Utah sign with a UHP Trooper and AZ state Trooper standing in front of them.

COLORADO

Image shows a UHP vehicle and an CSP vehicle parked in front of the welcome to Colorado sign with a UHP Trooper and CO state Trooper standing in front of them.
Members of the Colorado State Patrol and Utah Highway Patrol met at the Colorado-Utah border for the Border to Border seat belt enforcement campaign.
Image shows a UHP vehicle and an CSP vehicle parked in front of the welcome to Utah sign with a UHP Trooper and CO state Trooper standing in front of them.
Image shows a UHP vehicle and an CSP vehicle parked in front of the welcome to Colorado sign with a UHP Trooper and CO state Trooper standing in front of them.
Image shows a UHP vehicle and an CSP vehicle parked in front of the welcome to Utah sign with a UHP Trooper and CO state Trooper standing in front of them.
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MEDIA CONTACT

Nick Street
DPS Public Affairs Director
Department of Public Safety
NSTREET@UTAH.GOV

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