Click It or Ticket, Ohio!

Click It or Ticket, Ohio! In 2021, Tuscarawas County experienced 13 crash fatalities, with 78% of vehicle occupants not buckled in and 64% of occupants impaired by drugs or alcohol. Learn more about the Click It or Ticket campaign right here on Newsymom!

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration runs their national “Click It or Ticket” campaign to bring awareness to the fatalities caused during car accidents where occupants are unbuckled. This year’s campaign, running from May 16-June 5, will include ads in both English and Spanish across tv, radio, and digital ads, totaling a whopping $10 million cost.

Click It Or Ticket Impacts Us Here At Home

It may seem like common sense, but the benefits of the national reminders are priceless. It’s even better as local organizations, like the Tuscarawas County Health Department, rally in support of the campaign to keep residents safe. Here in Tuscarawas County, Click It or Ticket would still be a massive reminder to prevent vehicle-related deaths.

In 2021, Tuscarawas County saw 11 fatal car crashes, causing 13 fatalities. Of the vehicle occupants killed in Tuscarawas County crashes, 78% were not buckled at the time of the crash and 64% of the total fatal crashes involved some type of impairment (drugs and/or alcohol). (Resource: Jennifer Demuth, Tuscarawas County Health Department) Remember each time you step into a vehicle to buckle up!

Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to prevent dying. Wearing your seat belt means the difference between a trip to the hospital or being transported to the morgue… read Ohio’s buckling laws for more info!

How Did Click It or Ticket Start?

In the ‘80s, Canada started the campaign with much success! Here in the States, the first statewide Click It or Ticket campaign started in North Carolina in 1993, followed by South Carolina in 2000. Virtually all states have some form of seat-belt buckling mobilization, with extra requirements placed for child occupants (car seats, boosters, etc.). Because of this movement, the campaign has brought about awareness and enforcement of proper buckling, preventing much larger fatality stats nationally.

This campaign runs annually around the same time–right before everyone’s hitting the road for summer vacation festivities! In conjunction with the campaign, police ramp up nationally on issuing tickets to drivers who aren’t buckling. So make sure you buckle up!

This heart-wrenching video of a mom receiving the news of her son’s death is a reality here in America. The most at-risk for fatality in a car crash from not buckling their seat belts: young men aged 18-34. (NHTSA)

Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program Offers Free Car Seats

For some of us, you might be worried about your finances preventing you from getting a safe car seat for your kiddos. If this sounds like you, try reaching out to the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB) Program for help! For qualifying families, your child could be getting a car seat or booster every three years. And for parents, you’ll attend a class to learn how to properly buckle your kids in their car seats.

Find out how to participate in this program by calling (330) 343-5555 x. 111 or by clicking the link: Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB) Program.


The Tuscarawas County Health Department wants to see you and your family having the best, safest summer ever! Follow the TCHD for the latest safety tips, local updates by calling 330-343-5555, ext. 100, visiting them on Facebook (@tchdnow), or online at www.tchdnow.org.

Remember to “Click It” wherever you’re going this summer or you’ll be getting a hefty “Ticket”!

Melissa Klatt

Reporting

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