Michigan Says Tickets Up During 4-Day Seat Belt Blitz

"Motorists were warned about the enforcement through advertising on the Internet, television and radio stations and through the media. Those that didn't heed the advice to ‘click it' received a ticket. The bottom line is seat belts save lives and motorists need to buckle up every trip, every time."

Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning Director Michael L. Prince. "

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities say 8,700 tickets were written during a recent four-day crackdown on seat belt use, a 6 percent increase over a similar effort a year ago.

Police and sheriff's departments in 26 counties participated from May 30 to June 2. The tickets were written for seat belt or child seat violations.

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says motorists were warned about the enhanced enforcement through advertising. Director Michael Prince says people who didn't "click it received a ticket."

Fifteen drunken drivers were arrested and 29 drug-related arrests were made. A stop in Eaton County resulted in a seizure of drugs worth more than $30,000.

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