The annual Click-It-or-Ticket campaign, which is nationally supported, returns May 21st and is running until June 3rd. Troopers say that wearing a seat belt can reduce your risk of serious injury or death in car accidents by 45 percent, as WILX reports. The campaign itself is not about writing tickets,  but is about saving lives and reducing the number of injuries in traffic crashes, which TPR. Marco Jones, a Community Service Trooper with Michigan State Police commented on:

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.

196 people who died in traffic crashes in Michigan in 2016 were not wearing their seat belts. Of those killed, 134 were male and 62 were female. Just last year, State Police reported that ten people in Michigan died in traffic crashes during Memorial Day weekend and were not wearing their seat belt.

The law in Michigan requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be securely fastened in a seat belt. 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 as well. Stay safe this holiday weekend!


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