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Posted on: February 6, 2024

Portage County Seat Belt Task Force

The Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office, Stevens Point Police, & Plover Police will participate in a joint Seat Belt Task Force with dedicated patrols on select dates through May. Additional officers will focus on seat belt usage & dangerous driving behaviors.

In 2020, 43.8% of persons killed and 22.5% of persons sustaining incapacitating injuries in Wisconsin crashes were not wearing seat belts. Wisconsin seat belt use remains slightly lower than the national average. It has been estimated that seat belt use in Wisconsin prevents more than 293 traffic-related fatalities and more than 8,000 serious injuries. 

Local Law Enforcement Agencies hope to further reduce crashes and related injuries on our roadways. Their goal is to reduce fatal crashes, and wearing a seat belt is one of the easiest and most effective steps drivers can take to survive a crash. Wisconsin’s primary seat belt law allows law enforcement officers to stop and cite motorists for failing to wear a seat belt. Drivers can also be cited for every unbuckled passenger in their vehicle.

Law enforcement officials ask everyone to always use their seat belts and stay safe.

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