- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Law enforcement officials on Monday kicked off a seat belt enforcement campaign that’s scheduled to run through the end of the month, in the first federally funded enforcement efforts in all 83 Michigan counties, officials said.

Michigan landmarks will be “buckling up” as part of the effort to celebrate Seat Belt Safety Awareness Day, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning said. The top of downtown Detroit’s Renaissance Center is to feature the “Click It Or Ticket” campaign logo.

The enforcement campaign will encourage motorists to comply with the state’s seat belt law and reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries. The enhanced effort coincides with the 15th year since Michigan adopted a law allowing law enforcement officers to stop motorists for not being buckled up.

“The life-saving properties of a seat belt are well established yet some motorists continue to risk more than a $65 ticket by not buckling up,” Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning director, said in a statement. He said officers will cover “every corner of the state.”

Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will conduct stepped up seat belt enforcement in all of Michigan’s counties during the campaign. Enforcement starts Monday and runs through May 31.

During last year’s “Click It or Ticket” enforcement, more than 7,700 seat belt and car seat citations were issued. The campaign includes the Memorial Day weekend, which is a busy time for travel. The effort is coordinated by the Office of Highway Safety Planning.




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