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"Click it or ticket" seat belt enforcement campaign begins today

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Posted at 6:44 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 07:56:51-04

Starting Monday, May 21st, law enforcement in Oklahoma will begin targeting drivers who aren't wearing their seat belts.

"Click It or Ticket" is a nationwide enforcement campaign to remind people to wear their seat belts. This highly visible seat belt enforcement period runs through June 3, covering the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend.

According to the State of Oklahoma's Highway Safety Office 224 Oklahomans lost their lives in 2016 because they weren't buckled up. 

During the 2017 "Click It or Ticket" campaign in Oklahoma, nearly 300 agencies participated, resulting in 8,057 seat belt violations and 244 child passenger restraint violations.

Officials say wearing a seat belt is the number one thing anyone can do to help prevent death or injury during a vehicle crash.

During the "Click It or Ticket" week, participating law enforcement agencies will be writing more tickets and are taking a no-excuses approach.

In a news release, Lieutenant Joe Williams with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said "Our goal isn't to write citations, but we do know tickets talk."

For more information on the "Click It or Ticket" campaign, please visit ohso.ok.gov/clickit

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