JCSO: Victim in Fatal Crash Was Not Wearing Seatbelt

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash at the 7200 block of East Evans Creek Road May 11 at 6:27 a.m. The car was traveling east bound on E. Evans Creek Rd. when the driver failed to negotiate the S-corner (Martin’s corner).

The vehicle skidded a significant distance before it went down a large embankment and rolled. The driver was found to not be wearing a seatbelt and died as a result of the crash. Next of kin notification has been completed.

This incident is a tragic reminder to always wear your safety belt. Beginning May 23 through June 5, JCSO will participate in the Click It or Ticket campaign. Law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon will use federally funded overtime to educate the public about safety belt and child seat laws.

Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives. In 2020, there were 10,893 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 58% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations both day and night. In Oregon, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $250.

Courtesy of JCSO