The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office will join law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon working overtime to focus on proper seatbelt use — including child-seat use — during a nationwide Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement blitz occurring day and night from Monday, May 15, through Sunday, May 28.
With the onset of warmer weather, deputies also will be checking compliance with laws that prohibit transportation of a minor in an open truck bed.
This is CCSO's second Click It or Ticket blitz this year. During the enforcement campaign in February, deputies stopped numerous motor vehicles for traffic infractions; out of those stopped, 54 were cited/warned for no seatbelts, 49 were cited/warned for distracted driving (i.e. cell phone use), 383 were cited/warned for speeding, 199 motorists were cited for having suspended licenses, 50 were arrested for DUII, and there were 1,155 citations/warnings handed out for miscellaneous traffic violations.
This enhanced enforcement is made possible through grant funding of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Roadside observations of Oregon travelers in 2016 revealed that 96 percent of travelers use a seatbelt. But despite this high rate among the general population, Oregon crash data for 2015 shows lack of seatbelt use in 27 percent of daytime and 50 percent of nighttime crashes. ODOT estimates that at least half of those died unbelted, or 67 people could have been saved if everyone used seatbelts on every trip.
Oregon law requires all occupants to use safety restraints or a child safety system appropriate for their size. Child seats may increase crash survival by 71 percent for infants and by up to 59 percent for 1- to-4-year-olds. Booster seats may reduce the chance of nonfatal injury among 4- to 8-year-olds by 45 percent compared to safety belts used alone.
Infants or children weighing less than 20 pounds must ride in a rear-facing child seat. A child over 40 pounds must use either a child seat or booster until they reach the age of 8 or are 4 feet, 9 inches tall, and the adult belt fits them correctly. If you are unsure whether your child is ready to transition to an adult belt system, use the easy five-step test at carseat.org/Boosters/630.htm.
For help installing child car seats, consult the seat manufacturer's instructions, your vehicle owner's manual, or visit a local child-seat fitting station listed at oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources.