TULSA - Motorists, be warned. Buckle up or get a ticket.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has announced "Get Your 'Clicks' on Route 66" is Friday, Aug. 2.
The multi-state seat belt crackdown will last 24 hours and law enforcement agencies from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois are invited to take part in the initiative.
"These focused enforcement periods along Route 66 have turned out to be a great way to remind people of the importance of buckling up," said Lt. Ben Crockett, coordinator for the Route 66 program. "Seat belts and child car seats are the best way to protect you and your family in the event of a crash."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 13,000 lives are saved across the country each year by safety belts and child restraints, and motorists have a 75 percent chance of survival in a rollover crash if they are wearing a seat belt.
"We want everyone to buckle up – every trip, every time," said Crocket. "And during the Route 66 crackdown, we're out there to remind people that using a seat belt is not only a smart decision, it's the law."
"Get Your 'Clicks' on Route 66" began in 2010 with a handful of law enforcement agencies in central Oklahoma. The 24-hour crackdowns now take place four times a year along Route 66 and involve agencies from Illinois to California.
For more information about seat belt and child passenger safety laws, visit www.ohso.ok.gov .