BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - Last weekend, four Brown County teens were seriously hurt in a high speed crash on County Highway G in the Town of Ledgeview.
"There's no doubt in my mind they're all still alive because they were seat belted," explained Capt. Randy Schultz, with the Brown County Sheriff's Office.
Capt. Schultz said it's a real life example of the importance of buckling up.
"We don't need the stats," said Capt. Schultz. "We have the facts right here in our own community showing that we need to buckle up when we're driving."
Ahead of the busy Memorial Day travel weekend, an added reminder from local law enforcement. As part of the national Click It or Ticket campaign, extra officers will be on patrol from May 19th through June 1st cracking down on seat belt violations.
"If we do pull you over and you're not wearing a seat belt, you will receive a ticket," said Mike Panosh, Regional Program Manager with Wisconsin State Patrol.
Panosh said Wisconsin has a seat belt use rate of just over 80 percent. That's below the national and midwest average for compliance. It's something they're hoping to change.
"Our message is real simple," explained Panosh. "We're not trying to raise revenue by trying to write more tickets. It's all about trying to help save people's lives."
"We are much better off wearing our seatbelts and it doesn't take but a half a second to get it done," added Capt. Schultz.
A ticket for a seat belt violation is $10.