'Click It or Ticket' Campaign Under Way in Dearborn

Law enforcement agencies will be looking for motorists who aren't buckled up during the "Click It or Ticket" campaign that runs through June 5.

Seen any officers out lately? Better buckle up.

A busy season of barbecues, graduation parties and trips Up North is about to kick off and, in anticipation, the national Click It or Ticket campaign has begun.

Officers from more than 200 Michigan law enforcement agencies will work to enforce the state's seat belt law, which requires all drivers, as well as passengers in the front seat or who are 15 or younger, to buckle up.

"Michigan has a primary seat belt law, which means law enforcement can stop and ticket motorists solely for not being buckled up," according to the Michigan State Police website.

The law also says children must ride in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4'9" tall, whichever comes first. Those who do not comply could face a $65 fine.

The campaign began May 21 in Dearborn, but will heat up with the Memorial Day weekend.

"Dearborn police are involved in seatbelt and drunk driving campaigns," said Chief of Police Ronald Haddad. "It starts with this holiday weekend."

Expect to see the heaviest seatbelt patrols in Dearborn on May 29-June 2.

The Click It or Ticket campaign, which is federally funded, lasts through June 5.

POWDERBURNER May 26, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Why don't you jack booted dicktators quit spending our tax dollars on your futile attempt to brainwash us, address the real crime problem in this cesspool of a city, and quit harassing innnocent civilians to make an easy buck for happy jack. Thank the Lord and General Motors my truck came equiped with dark windows.
marooned in Dbn May 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Correct me if wrong, but when the seatbelt law first came into play, the police could'nt stop you for an unclicked belt. They could fine you for one if they stopped you for another seperate offence. Was this just for a short time? If not, and this was added as another reason to stop you ,later in time, do you think the police are really concerned for your safety and health, or is the reason another excuse to make infraction/misdemeanor money. I think the reason is money.
Patrick Picking May 30, 2012 at 05:10 PM
You have to wear a seatbelt in a car, but you don't have to wear a helmet or protective gear/shoes on a motorcycle. It doesn't make sense!!


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