Click-It-or-Ticket campaign starts Monday

Published: May. 21, 2018 at 6:30 AM EDT
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More members of law enforcement will be staked out on the roads starting Monday morning.

The annual Click-It-or-Ticket campaign kicks off May 21st through June 3rd.

This effort is not just about writing tickets, it's about saving lives and reducing the number of injuries in traffic crashes. Troopers say buckling up can reduce the risk of serious injury or death by 45 percent.

"Michigan has a 94 percent success rate of buckling up which is higher than the national average of 89.1 percent so we want to continue that and raise it even up higher if we can," said TPR. Marco Jones, a Community Service Trooper with Michigan State Police.

This upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend can also increase the chances for drivers to get into accidents because there will be more people out on the road.

State Police reported ten people in Michigan died in traffic crashes during the 2017 Memorial Day holiday period and they were not wearing their seat belt.

The fine and associated costs for unbuckled adults is $65.

In 2016, 196 people who died in traffic crashes in Michigan were not wearing their seat belts. Of 134, 134 were male and 62 were female.

Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up. 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.