LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Wearing your seat belt while driving is the law, yet early reports show that nearly 3,000 tickets have been given to Michigan drivers for not wearing them.
Michigan's Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign took place between May 20 and June 2.
During that time, 8,145 traffic stops were made and a total of 2,930 seat belt and child restraint tickets were given from 109 officers from local police departments, sheriff offices and Michigan State Police posted in 38 counties.
In addition to issuing tickets for seat belt violations, 693 speeding citations, 13 alcohol-related arrests and 45 other felony arrests were also made during the campaign.
“Thank you to all the law enforcement officers who are working hard to encourage seat belt use – every trip, every time,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). “Motorists need to remember that buckling up is the easiest thing they can do to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries on Michigan roads. Our goal is to save lives, not write tickets.”
Seat belt use in Michigan stands at 93.4%, which is a bit higher than the national seat belt use rate of 89.6% in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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