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By The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office

Port Huron Township)  As the Memorial Day holiday approaches, St. Clair County Sheriff Mat King is reminding drivers about the importance of seat belt use. 

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office will have dedicated patrols as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” high-visibility enforcement period, which runs from May 16 to June 5, 2022. The national seat belt campaign runs concurrent with the start of the busy summer travel season with the goal of reducing traffic deaths and serious injuries.

“We can’t overstate the importance of wearing your seatbelt,” said Sheriff King.  “It’s the law, but more than that, it is the simplest thing you can do to help save yourself from injury or death in the event of a crash”

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In 2020, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, 228 people killed in Michigan traffic crashes were not wearing a seat belt. 

In Michigan, the seat belt usage rate in 2021 was 92.6 percent, down from 94.4 percent in 2019. The national seat belt usage rate in 2021 was 90.4 percent.

Men make up the majority of those killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019, 65 percent of the 22,215 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed were men. Men also wear their seat belts at a lower rate than women do — 51 percent of men killed in crashes were unrestrained, compared to 40 percent of women killed in crashes.

In addition, young adults are at a higher risk of being killed because of riding unrestrained. In 2019, more than half (57 percent) of young adults 18 to 34 years old killed while riding in passenger vehicles were not buckled up. 

For more information on the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization, please visit

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