'Click It or Ticket' campaign in Sheboygan County

Posted at 5:41 AM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 09:12:08-04

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, WI -- Drivers in Sheboygan County are getting a head start on the 'Click It or Ticket' campaign thanks to a state grant. 

During the month of April, Sheboygan sheriff's deputies increased patrols for unbelted drivers. 

Since April is distracted driving awareness month, they're also watching for careless drivers. 

Sheboygan Sheriff's deputies said on average they give out 10 tickets a shift for unbelted drivers. 

They said the goal is not to give out tickets, but to correct dangerous behaviors. 

More than 100 drivers died in distracted driving crashes across Wisconsin last year. 

"People are going to see us out here. They're going to know we're out here looking for things like this. Hopefully it'll be a personal reminder to every driver that sees us pulling someone over, that they should stop doing whatever it is that they might be doing, that they shouldn't be," said Deputy Josh Grunewald with the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department. 

Since this is a newer initiative, the sheriff's department won't have official numbers on whether or not more drivers are buckling up, but deputies are hopeful for change. 

The 'Click It or Ticket' campaign officially begins on May 22nd and runs until June 4th.