LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Law enforcement officers are hoping their annual campaign to ticket seat belt scofflaws will push up Michigan's compliance rate.
State police say seat belt use in Michigan dropped to 94.5 percent last year, down from a high of 97.9 percent in 2009.
Seat belt use is lowest among pickup truck drivers and their front seat passengers at 89 percent.
Law enforcement officers from 160 agencies in 26 counties across the state will have additional officers conducting safety belt enforcement zones as well as evening traffic patrols through the Memorial Day weekend and onto June 3.
Last year, nine people died over the Memorial Day holiday period, including three not wearing a seat belt.