May 23, 2023 |
Photo – Wyoming Highway Patrol Patch – Bigfoot99 file photo
If you are traveling this weekend, buckle up. Wyoming law enforcement will be cracking down on drivers who don’t. Memorial Day Weekend traditionally marks the rollout of the Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement program nationwide.
This year is no different.
The national seat belt campaign, which coincides with the Memorial Day holiday, runs from May 22 to June 4, 2023.
“Seatbelts are not only a legal requirement for motorists in Wyoming, but they are also a life-saving necessity,” said Colonel 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.”
In 2021 in Wyoming, 43 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes, and seatbelt usage dropped to only 80.2 %. Nationally, in 2021, unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes rose to 11,813 in the United States.
Wyoming law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement. So buckle up to avoid a citation, or perhaps something even worse.