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Wyoming Highway Patrol, Cheyenne Police Dept. to participate in national seatbelt campaign

(Wyoming Highway Patrol)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming law enforcement is urging drivers to buckle up during the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s national Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement effort.

The national seatbelt campaign, which coincides with the Memorial Day holiday, runs from May 22 to June 4.

“Seatbelts are not only a legal requirement for motorists in Wyoming, but they are also a life-saving necessity,” said Col. Tim Cameron with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. “Regardless of your age or driving experience, wearing a seatbelt can significantly reduce the risk of severe injury or death in the event of a collision.”

“We want everyone to safely enjoy the upcoming holiday and the summer season ahead,” said Cheyenne Police Chief Mark Francisco. “Help keep our roadways safe by slowing down, limiting distractions, buckling up, and encouraging your loved ones to do the same.”

In Wyoming in 2021, 43 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes, and seatbelt usage dropped to only 80.2%, according to a WHP news release. Nationally, in 2021, unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes rose to 11,813 in the U.S., the report states.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.