ZANESVILLE, Ohio- If you don’t wear a seatbelt while driving — or riding — in the car, you’ll want to think twice about that decision and click it or get a ticket.
This weekend the Muskingum County Safe Communities Coalition will kick-off its National Click It or Ticket Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign. The event will take place at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds and will have speakers talking about the importance of wearing a seatbelt. The health educator at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Public Health Department said people will be able to listen to the speakers over the radio if they aren’t able to attend.
“Highway 103 will be coming with Brenda Larrick. We’ll be airing from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and we’ll have some speakers from — we’ll have the health department some folks from here, Ohio State Highway Patrol, as well as Community Ambulance,” said Jessica Stonecypher a Health Educator at the Health Department.
The health department said failure to use a seatbelt is a big factor in the number crash fatalities compared to other traffic safety related behavior. They say in 2017, 45% of fatal crashes were caused by drivers and passengers not wearing safety belts. Stonecypher said law enforcement will be cracking down on people not wearing belts.
“Folks are pulled over and fined for not wearing a seatbelt. For drivers the cost now is $30 and for passengers it’s $20,” said Stonecypher.
The Zanesville Police Department and Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office will also be in attendance. The event is this Saturday, May 19th.