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'Click It or Ticket' Campaign in Full Force

Trenton police announce what intersections they'll be targeting and when for seat belt patrols.

Buckle up, Trenton. Seat belt safety zones are now in effect and are stepping up their patrols over the next two weeks.

With the launch of the national Click It or Ticket campaign on Monday, Trenton officers will be hitting the city streets extra hard in the afternoon, evening and overnight hours.

"The Click It or Ticket campaign is one of the reasons Michigan has always been a leader in reducing traffic fatalities through a high seat belt use rate," Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director, said on the OHSP website. "Since their introduction, seat belts have saved lives, and we want people to take advantage of this simple yet effective safety device."

Trenton residents commented on the Trenton Patch Facebook page that they've seen the crackdown in full force first hand.

  • Julie Kennedy Carpenter: Just got home from running errands on West Road and they are all over the place........one cop standing on the grass at Grange and West with a radio and letting the cops up ahead know! :)
  • Kelly Grignon: It's the week before Memorial Weekend. It's a STATE WIDE click-it-or-ticket campaign. It's not a way for cities to make money, seatbelt tickets cost diddly. It's one of the most highly traveled holidays so they want everyone to be as safe as possible."
  • Brenda Hurdt Murdock: Trenton is not the only city doing this... every city is.. Wyandotte is also doing this too... So click it or be ticketed...."

Michigan law requires that all drivers and passengers age 15 and younger be buckled up, regardless of seating position. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall.

The increased patrols go through June 3 statewide. The additional hours and manpower required during the Click It or Ticket campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds, administered by OHSP.

Here are the Trenton enforcement zones in effect during the campaign:

May 25:

  • Multi-city night patrols, including Trenton, 9 p.m.

May 26

  • Multi-city night patrols, including Trenton, 9 p.m.

May 27

  • West and Grange, 7 a.m.

June 1

  • Multi-city night patrols, including Trenton, 9 p.m.

June 2

  • Multi-city night patrols, including Trenton, 9 p.m.

Find a complete list of seat belt enforcement zones across the state here.

Kelly Grignon May 23, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Before EVERY click-it or ticket enforcement zone there's this big, bright yellow sign that says "Enforcement Zone". Even if you can't read there's a giant seatbelt on it. Anyone not wearing there seatbelt is ASKING to be ticketed. And to those people, I say "thank you" for keeping these details productive year after year so our state has a reason to continue with these campaigns. Seatbelts save lives, it takes two second to buckle it, no one plans to be in an accident. So.....why are you not wearing your seatbelt??
Jason Strange May 23, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Kelly why is my tax money going towards something so stupid? It should be my choice if I want to wear my seatbelt or not. The only winners in this is the cops who get paid overtime to enforce this stupidity.
Kelly Grignon May 23, 2012 at 05:48 PM
if you have a complaint about it go to the council meetings and voice your opinions, call your representative and voice your opinion there. YOU may think it's stupid and that is your opinion but those that have witnessed, been in personally, or had family or friends in an accident where any of the victims were not wearing seatbelts we do NOT think it is stupid. The scene of a crash with injuries or, God forbid, a fatal crash, is a hard scene to take in. I wish that upon no one. These officers run this campaign because they have seen too many of these crashes. They have arrived and dealt with the injured victims, with their distraught family members, and waited for medical examiners to arrive and take bodies away. If by having these campaigns can even get one more person to wear their seatbelt, then, to me, they are worth every single penny spent. My thoughts and prayers are sent to you every time you drive, Jason. I hope you and your family members never have to witness or be affected personally by any type of car accident (key word, accident. no one plans these things. no one sees them coming. they just....happen) that injuries or deaths are sustained.
Maribeth May 23, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Well said Kelly! My cousin would still be alive today if he'd been wearing a seatbelt. People hear about these horrible accidents and still don't learn a lesson and put on a seatbelt!
Ron May 26, 2012 at 02:28 PM
All that being said about seatbelt use and enforcement on the heels of the repeal of the motorcycle helmet law. Last week I wrote the governors office on that very issue and ironically received a quick response to my question. Sadly the answer came down to funding. I was told that because there is no longer any federal funding for the helmet law it was repealed. To the contrary however the state does not intend on striking down the seatbelt law due to the amount of federal funding the state receives from Washington for compliance and enforcement. I couldn't believe that a representative of the governor's office would put such a response in writing. I replied and asked how the State of Michigan could justify their actions and how the safety of one group (motorcyclists) is less important than the other? As expected, I did not receive an answer to that question. It's sad that such decisions and the safety of Michigan residents and motorists have come down to money. Governor Snyder and the legislature should be ashamed of themselves.

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