Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15-20 year-olds. Police and the Governor's Council say this is disturbing since many of these deaths and injuries could've been prevented if they were wearing a seat belt
May 18th is the start of the click-it or ticket campaign and police all over the state will be looking for violators.
A 15 year-old girl named Margaret who doesn't even have a license yet says, “When I'm driving with my friends and family I always make them put on a seat belt”
She says she fears for many of her friends when they do get their license. “My friends never put on a seat belt. They say oh well it could never happen to me, so why wear my seat belt.”
That's why she looks forward to the bold message during the “Click It or Ticket Campaign where police set up enforcement zones and watch closely for unfastened belts.
Officer DJ Vohs of the South Bend Police department says he wishes he thought like Margaret when he was 15!
He says, “I never wore a belt until I was an officer. it's a department policy, but it saved my life. At first it's uncomfortable but you get used to it.”
Both Officer Vohs and Margaret say July couldn't come sooner. There will be no more zones and a new state law. Vohs says, “Now, everyone will be accountable. If you're in the backseat or passenger you have to have a seat belt on.”
Some viewers wrote in telling us that seat belts will save a few lives, not all. They also ask why should motorcyclists have the option to wear or not wear a helmet?
Margaret says if you saw the horrific photos she's seen in driver’s education class there would be no debate. She says, “Either you put your belt on or you have that chance of death or injury.”