Seat belt use across West Virginia has been declining the last few years. Law enforcement is using campaigns like Click It Or Ticket in hopes to raise seat belt use up to 92% by June.
CPL. Brian Humphreys with Kanawha County Sheriff's Department says the goal is not to write a lot of tickets, but to ensure people get safely where they are going without causing any crashes.
Seat belts are credited with saving nearly 12,000 lives in 2011 across the country. That same year, 77% of fatal crashes included passengers who died after being thrown from the vehicle. Humphreys says not wearing your seatbelt increases the likelihood of injury such as being ejected from a vehicle in a high speed crash.
The Click It Or Ticket campaign is not just about wearing your seatbelt. Humphreys says anything that takes your attention away from operating a vehicle is going to increase the likelihood of getting into an accident.
Not wearing your seat belt and using your cell phone while driving are both primary offenses meaning that's all you need to do to get a ticket. Humphreys says he understands the need to use cell phones while driving, however drivers need to use hands free devices like a Bluetooth or speaker phone feature.
First offense cell phone use violation could cost you $100. A second offense is $200. A third offense is a fine of $300.