Seat belts save so many lives that for the past five years police departments from coast to coast have participated in the annual "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement campaign. Wisconsin is no exception; drivers can expect additional police patrols between May 21 and June 23.The campaign is specifically intended to coincide with the summer driving season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 241 vehicle occupants were killed in car crashes nationally during the Memorial Day weekend in 2010. Unfortunately, 66 percent of them were not wearing seatbelts.
For one West Allis family, the unthinkable happened on April 29, 2012. Two separate fatal car accidents resulted in the death of a mother and her son.
Wisconsin law requires every motor vehicle owner to carry insurance. However, for many drivers, the state-prescribed minimum insurance levels might not offer enough protection in the case of a serious Wisconsin car accident.
Getting hit by a car is the third leading cause of death in children between the ages of 5 and 9, and kids up to the age of 15 make up a disproportionate number of pedestrian accident casualties nationwide. Sadly, many of these unnecessary and tragic deaths take place while children are crossing the street at school crosswalks. Drivers need to slow down and be on the lookout for children in school crossings. This month, those who break the rules face an increased chance of getting a ticket.