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Now Underway: 'Click It Or Ticket' Crackdown Targets Beltless Drivers Statewide

May 20, 2019 - 10:58 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Buckle up for safety, or you could get busted. 

Ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety and police have launched "Click It or Ticket," the annual statewide seat belt enforcement campaign.

Getting underway today, (Monday, May 20) the two-week stepped up enforcement effort will run through Sunday, June 2, 2019. 

The crackdown comes after officials say 19 people died in crashes in Michigan during Memorial Day weekend last year; almost double the number killed in 2017.

Police say seat belt use is the single most effective way to stay alive in a crash, and that buckling up can reduce the risk of serious injury or a death in crash by 45%.

“Three out of four people ejected from a vehicle in a crash will die,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “Wearing a seat belt is the simplest thing you can do to reduce injuries and save lives. Buckle up for the ones who will miss you - every trip, every time.”

Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4’9” tall, and children under 4 years old must be in the back seat.

The fine for those caught not wearing a seat belt is $65.  

The OHSP coordinates the "Click It or Ticket" effort, which is supported by federal traffic safety funds. 

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