Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Starting Today

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)Today is the day a special enforcement campaign begins to make sure Michigan motorists are “buckled up” through the Memorial Day holiday.

Officers from 155 police agencies in 26 Michigan counties will join the national “Click It Or Ticket” effort for the next two weeks, with a goal of reducing injuries and saving lives during a busy travel period.

Lynn Sutfin, with the State Office of Highway Safety Planning, says the campaign includes the use of special enforcement zones in areas of Michigan with high traffic crash rates. The daytime zones will concentrate on young male drivers in pick-up trucks who have been found to be the greatest violators, based on the latest traffic crash statistics.

Sutfin says the mobilization is also hoping to reverse a decline in Michigan’s seat belt use rate, which was down to 93.6 percent last year from an all-time high of 97.9 percent in 2009. Michigan has a mandatory selt belt use law.

The “Click It Or Ticket” campaign will run through Sunday, June 2.

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