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JCSD gearing up to enforce 2021 ‘Click-It-Or-Ticket’ campaign

Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 12:38 PM CDT
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ELLISVILLE, Miss. (WDAM) _ The Jones County Sheriff’s Department will join law enforcement around the state and across the nation in the 2021 “Click It Or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign.

The two-week effort will run from May 24 through June 6.

“We are not handing out tickets for the thrill of it,” Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin said. “This campaign is about saving lives and reducing injuries associated with motor vehicle crashes.”

Jones County deputies will work overtime details during the enforcement campaign, funded by a grant from the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety.

The campaign is meant to address those who are not wearing seat belts and not buckling up children in child-restraint car seats.

In the last campaign from October 2020 to April 2021, the sheriff’s department issued 473 seat belt citations and 97 child restraint violations. This accounted for $20,575 collected in seat belt fines and $16,490 collected in child restraint fines.

“Nationally, in 2019, 51% of males and 40% of females killed in automobile crashes were unrestrained,” Berlin said. “For those of us in law enforcement who have worked injury and fatality crashes, especially those involving children, we see first-hand the benefits of seat belt and child restraint seat usage.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,466 unbuckled passenger-vehicle occupants were killed in the United States in 2019.

In that same year, 55% of passenger-vehicle occupants killed at night were not wearing seat belts.

In Jones County, 33 injuries and four fatalities were recorded among unbelted drivers in 2019.

Deputies will have added focus on night-time seat-belt and child-restraint seat enforcement as a result.

“Just follow the law and buckle up yourself and all occupants in your vehicle when driving,” Berlin said.

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