DELAWARE, Oh. – Delaware County law enforcement and the Delaware General Health District’s Safe Communities Coalition want to remind motorists to buckle up as they prepare to take to the roads during the long Memorial Day weekend. Law enforcement officials across the county will be ensuring that everyone buckles up as part of the national Click It or Ticket mobilization that runs May 13 – June 2.

CLICK IT OR TICKET KICK-OFF EVENT

Thursday May 16 at 10:30 a.m.

MC Fitness Center

7100 Graphics Way

Lewis Center, Ohio

This year’s Click It or Ticket campaign kick-off will include a message from two Delaware County teens involved in separate crashes where seat belts played a life-saving role. Olivia Langwasser, an Olentangy High School student and 4-H CARTEENS volunteer will share how a seat belt saved her life after she was in a crash involving a deer. Keagan Morris, a Delaware Hayes High School student was involved in a flip-over crash last month and will share how using a seat belt saved him from serious injury. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the 37,133 people killed nationwide in motor vehicle crashes in 2017, 47 percent were not wearing seat belts. In 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved an additional 2,549 people if they had been wearing seat belts.

In 2018, four of the 15 persons who died in Delaware County traffic crashes might have survived had they been wearing their seat belts.

Members of the media as well as public are invited to the kick-off event at MC Fitness Center located at 7100 Graphics Way in Lewis Center.