Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 18th

Law Enforcement Will Show Zero Tolerance

Once again, Local Law Enforcement Agencies (Belgrade Police Dept. Bozeman Police Dept., Manhattan Police Dept., West Yellowstone Police, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol) are working together to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18 to 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said Chief E. J. Clark. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 59 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. Sheriff Brian Gootkin says “In the Gallatin Valley, we are taking positive steps to save lives.”

The Gallatin Valley is located within Highway Patrol District 7. District 7 had 21 citizens killed in traffic crashes 2014.  Of those killed 14 were found to not be wearing their seat belt.

Nationally, almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2013, more than half (54%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 41 percent were not buckled up.

“If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up,” added Capt. Mark Wilfore.

The Yellowstone area serves as a destination location for many travelers during Memorial Day weekend. Chief Scott Newell wants everyone to, “Enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone by buckling up and not becoming a statistic.”
Acting Chief Rich McLane believes, “The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention, and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job.”

We all asked, that you have a safe and memorable holiday season and remember to Click It or Ticket.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit

Poster for download;Memorial Day Press Release

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