In North Dakota, a traffic campaign that beefed up enforcement patrols has led to 2,575 citations between November 1 and December 15.
Of the total citations issued in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, 924 were citations for failure to wear a seat belt and 30 were child restraint citations, reports the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Speeding tickets totaled 941. The traffic stops also resulted in 31 drug arrests, nine citations for distracted driving and two citations for driving under the influence.
To date, nearly 61 percent of 2017 motor vehicle fatalities involved victims who were not wearing a seat belt, which is the most significant factor associated with motor vehicle crash injuries and deaths in North Dakota, the department says.
High-visibility enforcement for traffic safety is one element of a collaborative effort to reduce traffic deaths in North Dakota. Funding comes from federal grant money distributed through the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
Information on traffic safety initiatives can be found at ndcodefortheroad.org. Memorials to North Dakota crash fatalities can be viewed at ndcodefortheroad.org/memorial.