MARQUETTE - The Click-it-or-Ticket enforcement effort kicks off today across Michigan.
During the two-week enforcement campaign, officers will focus on seat belt enforcement. Michigan's 2012 seat belt use rate was 93.6 percent, down from the record high of 97.9 percent in 2009, according to a press release.
Local police departments, sheriff's offices and Michigan State Police posts in 26 counties will conduct federally funded safety belt enforcement zones starting today and running through June 2. According to the press release, the campaign is about saving lives, not just writing tickets. Buckling up can reduce the risk of serious injury or death by 45 percent, according to police.
Michigan has a a primary enforcement law, which allows officers to stop motorists who are not buckled up. A seat belt ticket is $65. Passengers ages 15 and younger must be buckled up, whether sitting in the front or back seats.
Michigan law also requires children younger than age 8 or shorter than 4 feet-9 inches tall to use a car seat or booster seat.
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243.