- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

Law enforcement in northern New England is launching an annual campaign to get motorists to buckle up in advance of the busy Memorial Day weekend.

The two-week “Click It or Ticket” effort kicked off Monday.

The effort included coordinated activities by Maine and New Hampshire at state borders. Vermont police were also participating in the campaign.

Lauren Stewart, director of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, said seat belts saves dozens of lives a year in Maine alone. Her agency’s statistics from the past year indicate 42 percent of motorists killed during daylight hours were not wearing seat belts and 65 of those killed at night were not wearing seat belts.

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