Officers with the Grove City Division of Police have been participating in the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" mobilization, which runs through May 31.

Officers with the Grove City Division of Police have been participating in the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" mobilization, which runs through May 31.

During the campaign, the Division will increase enforcement of Ohio's safety belt laws.

"The goal of the effort is to boost Ohio's safety belt use rate and reduce fatalities, with a special emphasis on young adults," according to the announcement from Capt. Steven R. Robinette. "Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death between the ages of 1 through 34 in the United States. The past few years have shown a significant increase in safety belt use, but more must be done to sustain this growth and increase the use of safety belts.

"The bottom line is that safety belt use saves lives and prevents injuries. In 2007 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 15,147 lives. An additional 5,024 lives could have been saved if seat belts were worn at the time of the crashes.

For the past several years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has helped states implement the Click It or Ticket program across the country by aiding law enforcement agencies in conducting intensive, high-publicity Click It or Ticket campaigns with increased enforcement of safety belt laws.

"These Click It or Ticket efforts are an effective tool in raising safety belt use rates," according to the announcement. "In 2004, the mobilization efforts helped to increase the national safety belt use rate to a record high of 80 percent. The combination of active law enforcement coupled with paid advertising and the support of government agencies, local schools, community organizations and others, continues to be an extremely effective means for increasing safety belt use, and saving lives, across the country.

"The Grove City Division of Police reminds everyone to wear a safety belt and insist that those who travel with you buckle up. It's the easiest thing you can do to protect yourself, your friends and your family."

For more information, contact Lt. Jeffrey Pearson at 277-1710.