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

Buckle Up: Click it or Ticket starting May 24

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

As the busy summer travel season begins and the Memorial Day holiday approaches, Bella Vista Police Department wants to help ensure our residents and visitors arrive back home safely. We are teaming up with law enforcement agencies nationwide for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) national Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement May 24 through June 6. 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.

According to NHTSA, in 2019 there were 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign will be nighttime enforcement. We will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.

Arkansas law requires all front seat passengers to be buckled properly. Children less than 16 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. If you have any questions about this enforcement, call the Police Department at 479-855-3771 or visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.