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Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign begins Thursday

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Another statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign kicks off in Michigan Thursday, and continues through the end of the month.

During the two-week period, officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will be watching closely for motorists who do not wear their seat belt.

According to police, October is the second deadliest month, behind only July, for fatalities of unrestrained drivers and passengers, between 2013 and 2017.

“Wearing a seat belt is the simplest thing you can do to save lives and reduce injuries in a crash,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Office of Highway Safety Planning. “When you’re out enjoying fall in Michigan it’s important to remember to buckle up – every trip, every time, every passenger.”

Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up. The fine and associated costs for not wearing a seat belt is $65. 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 at all times.

The seat belt usage rate in Michigan stands at 94.4 percent. The national rate in 2018 was 89.6 percent.