(OnFocus) The 2019-20 Marathon County Seat Belt Task Force Grant will continue starting June 2 after being suspended temporarily due to COVID-19. The grant started in November 2019 and focuses on seat belt use, speed, and intoxicated drivers.
It was awarded by the Wisconsin Bureau of Transportation to Wausau, Everest Metro, Rothschild, Mosinee, Edgar, Marshfield, Spencer, and Colby Abbotsford police departments, and the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office.
Ten Marathon County law enforcement agencies and the Wisconsin State Patrol will team up at different dates to enforce traffic laws, emphasizing seat belt use, until September 2020, according to the sheriff’s office.
Since the grant began last November, there were almost 1,800 crashes in Marathon County, three resulting in a fatality and 354 in injuries. Of those crashes, 85 involved no seat belt use, 78 were alcohol related, and 421 were speed-related.
The Task Force stopped 375 vehicles, issuing 161 citations and giving 266 warnings.
From November of 2019 until March of 2020 the Task force stopped a total of 375 vehicles with 161 citations issued and 266 warnings issued.