RCPD buckles down, encourages motorists to buckle up during 'Click it or Ticket' campaign

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Fasten your seatbelts, Rapid City.
The Rapid City Police Department is kicking off a campaign to make sure you 'Click it or Ticket.'

Click it or Ticket.'
The Rapid City Police Department is joining the nationwide campaign, buckling down to encourage motorists to buckle up.

Justin Gizzi says, "The whole point of all this isn't to punish people, it's just to get you to wear your seatbelt. If you can wear your seatbelt, the problem would be solved and you'd be a lot safer going down the road."

In the State of South Dakota, when you are an adult an officer has to have a reason to pull you over other than you not wearing your seatbelt.

Gizzi says, "So we start by looking for people that are driving unsafely, running red lights, running stop signs, speeding, we're looking for the infant sitting on mom's lap in the front seat, all those kinds of things to try and get people to drive safer with the start of the summer and travel season."

But if you are 18 or younger and not wearing a seatbelt that's a primary offense.
Officer Gizzi says it's all for your own safety, saying wearing your seatbelt can save your life.

Gizzi says, "There's been several times I've seen cars that there's no way somebody should have walked away from, but because they were wearing their seatbelt, the car worked like it should, they were able to walk away almost unharmed."

During these saturation patrols, officers will also be on the lookout for drunk drivers.
Officials say in 2016, Rapid City police made 973 DUI arrests.
The 'Click it or Ticket' campaign runs through June 4th.