COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Area law enforcement agencies must report daunting statistics again this year. The number of deaths on Alabama roadways continues to rise for people not wearing seatbelts.
Now agencies are kicking off a statewide campaign to inform people about the risks of not strapping in, when getting behind the wheel.
“So many times you hear why people refuse to wear their seatbelts,” said Corporal Thad Chandler with the Alabama Troopers Quad Cities post. “Seatbelts are never the primary contributing circumstance to a crash. There`s just no way a seatbelt can cause a wreck but what they will do is keep you anchored to the seat, thus saving your life.”
Law enforcement leaders say they expect officers to write dozens of citations in the coming weeks as the North Alabama "Click It or Ticket" campaign kicks off to crack down on seatbelt violations.
“It’s not that we slack off after this period, because we have that consistency all year-long, but we want to raise public awareness so people will know what we are doing and why we are doing it,” said Chandler.
According to the latest statistics presented by law enforcement, more than half of traffic deaths on Alabama roadways involve people not wearing a seatbelt.
“Those numbers can be greatly reduced as far as fatalities if people simply buckle up,” said Tuscumbia Police Chief, Tony Logan.
Law enforcement leaders say education and enforcement are the first steps in changing people's way of thinking, which lead to lasting results.
The campaign starts May 20th and runs through June 4th.
Officers will step up seatbelt violation patrol both during the day and night.