Seat belt campaign begins

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- Starting today and continuing through June 1, local police departments will be stepping up patrols in order to increase seat belt usage among area motorists.

Local police departments including the Goshen Police District, Sebring Police Department and Smith Township Police Department will be taking part in the annual Click it or Ticket campaign and urging motorists to buckle up.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belt usage improved slightly last year to 87 percent, up from 86 percent in 2013. When seat belts are used properly they can reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 percent. In 2011 alone, seat belts saved and estimated 11,949 lives.

“The benefits of wearing a seat belt far outweigh the benefits of not wearing one,” said Goshen Police Chief Steve McDaniel. “Officers would much rather see area motorists wearing a seat belt instead of issuing a citation.”

McDaniel also advised “the main goal is to increase awareness and keep the public safe.”

More information on seat belt facts and statistics can be found by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at