SALT LAKE CITY – A pickup truck dangling from a crane in front of the Utah State Capitol on Monday acted as a visual message about seat belt safety.
The truck, suspended by seat belt material, kicked off this year’s Click It or Ticket campaign.
The Utah Highway Patrol says most Utahns – around 80 percent – use a seat belt, but that still leaves hundreds of thousands of drivers and passengers who don’t buckle.
Starting Monday, troopers will have extra eyes on the road, focusing on commuters who aren’t wearing seat belts.
“If an officer sees you not buckled up and you do get pulled over, it is a $45 fine. That is not our main focus. Our main focus is to change that behavior, to let people know, put the seat belt on,” said UHP Sgt. Ted Tingey.
UHP plans to add 450 overtime shifts for troopers statewide from now until June 2. This year, they’ll be focusing on pickup drivers.