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Seat belt use enforcement begins Monday

May 18, 2012 at 12:18 a.m.


In an effort to save more lives on the roadways, law enforcement agencies are teaming up across the nation to crackdown on motorists who are not buckling up.

The Victoria Police Department is participating in the 2012 statewide Click It or Ticket Seatbelt Enforcement program, which kicks off Monday and runs through June 3.

In 2009 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,713 lives nationwide, according to a new release from the Victoria Police Department. Motorists are 75 percent less likely to be killed in a rollover crash if they are buckled up, according to the release.

Law enforcement agencies across the country are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up without warning and accepting no excuses.

Even though there is an emphasis on buckling up next week, motorists should know that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.

High-visibility enforcement and encouraging loved ones to buckle up can turn thousands of lives lost into many more lives saved.

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