101 Town Center, P.O. Box 5655, Bella Vista, AR 72714 (479)876-1255

Click it or Ticket starting November 16

One of the easiest ways to prevent death in a vehicle collision is simple — buckle up.

The Bella Vista Police Department wants to help ensure our residents and visitors arrive back home safely, especially ¬during the busy travel season as the holidays approach. We are teaming up with law enforcement agencies nationwide for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s national Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement November 16-29. You can expect to see increased enforcement of traffic and vehicle safety, when we will be conducting extra patrols on the lookout for those not wearing seatbelts, including during safety checkpoints.

Thousands of lives could be saved each year if drivers and passengers are wearing a seatbelt during a crash, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. According NHTSA, in 2018, there were 9,778 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States.

Arkansas law requires all front seat passengers to be buckled properly. Children less than 15 years of age should also be properly secured in the vehicle, no matter where they are sitting. Smaller children – less than 6 years old or less than 60 pounds – should be restrained properly in a child safety seat. All passengers in a vehicle must be buckled if the driver has a restricted license.

Wearing your seatbelt properly can also help save your life. Place the shoulder strap across the chest and shoulder with as little slack as possible, and never under an arm or behind the back.

Think twice when getting into a vehicle and remember to buckle up, to ensure you make it safely home. It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. If you have any questions about this enforcement, call the Police Department at 479-855-3771.