The 2013 Click it or
Ticket national campaign is underway. Local law enforcement is stressing the
importance of wearing a seatbelt.
The kickoff began Friday
at the Maumee Fire Department. Several local agencies from across Lucas County
were there to support the campaign.
"If we can get one more
person to wear a seat belt out there, then it's worth what we're doing," said
Det. Mark Woodruff, of the Lucas County Task Force.
The kickoff also honored
crash survivors that were wearing their seatbelts at the time of their
accident. One person honored says wearing her seatbelt saved her life.
"Even if it's one person
that see this and they say, ‘You know what, I'm going to wear my seatbelt,
because the next minute, I could be in an accident and die,'" said Corine
The Lucas County Data
Committee compiled some shocking stats of traffic accidents from over the last
five years. They found that every 10 days, someone in Lucas County is killed as
a result of a traffic crash.
"What we've found is that
you are 53 percent more likely to die in a crash if you're not wearing a
seatbelt," said Deanna Montanaro, injury prevention coordinator. "We also found
that you're twice as likely to be injured if you're not wearing your seatbelt."
Officers in Lucas County
will have a stronger presence during the next few weeks to encourage drivers to
"click it or ticket."