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Police cracking down on seat belt law violators

Authorities will begin the annual "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement initiative Monday. State Police say the goal is to change the habits or drivers and decrease the number of traffic fatalities caused by motorists not buckling up.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Authorities will begin the annual "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement initiative Monday. State Police say the goal is to change the habits or drivers and decrease the number of traffic fatalities caused by motorists not buckling up.

Police say seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year. NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.

During the calendar year 2010 there were 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes and 51 percent of them were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

In Arkansas 241 of the 407 motor vehicle occupants killed (59 percent) in crashes during 2010 were not properly restrained.

The nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign will run from May 21 through June 3.

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