The annual Click It or Ticket campaign begins this Monday in Ohio.
In the late 1980s, Jacki Dalonzo rolled her car in East Liverpool after the truck in front of her spilled the materials it was carrying.
“I landed on the driver’s side and I hit my head on the window. It was a hatchback, so I was trying to figure out how I was going to get out of the vehicle,” she said.
Dalonzo says wearing her seatbelt is the only reason she is now able to share her story. But, that wasn’t her only accident.
“I was t-boned in another accident I had. That saved my life as well,” she said.
Dalonzo was one of four speakers at the Click It or Ticket kick-off campaign in Youngstown Sunday afternoon, where everyone was encouraging people to wear their seatbelts.
There were four different speakers and demonstrations on how to properly wear your seatbelt. People were even able to see how dangerous a rollover crash can be.
Ohio State Highway Patrol statistics say 1,179 people died in car crashes in 2017. Of them, 471 were not wearing seatbelts.
“It’s the single thing you can do, the easiest thing you can is put your seatbelt on to reduce any kind of risk of injuries if you are involved in a crash,” said Highway Patrol Sgt. Patrick Abel.
Highway Patrol has handed out over 48,000 tickets for seatbelt violations this year, and they won’t be giving any warnings during the Click It or Ticket campaign.
“If you do not have it on, you will be issued a citation. More importantly, if you don’t have your seatbelt on the chances of you getting a serious injury or death greatly increase,” Abel said.