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Stepped up 'Click It or Ticket' enforcement begins in Maine

Police will be increasing their enforcement on seat belt violations ahead of the Memorial Day rush. (WGME)

STATEWIDE (WGME) – “Click It or Ticket,” that's the message from Maine law enforcement when it comes to the state's seat belt laws.

Police will be increasing their enforcement on seat belt violations ahead of the Memorial Day rush.

Extra police will be out on several roads, including Route 1, 2, and 3 from the New Hampshire border to Pittsfield and Belfast, making sure people are wearing their seat belts, if not, expect a ticket.

It's part of their “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which emphasizes buckling up.

Police departments from across New Hampshire and Maine are taking part to kick off the busy summer driving season.

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety has provided thousands of dollars to police agencies across the state to pay for overtime to participate in the extra patrols.

They say seat belts save dozens of Maine lives every year, but some motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is greater.

The Bureau of Highway Safety says 42 percent of people killed in daytime accidents in Maine this past year weren't wearing seat belts, 65 percent during night time crashes.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign starts Monday and runs until June 4 just as we start to get into the busy travel and tourist season.

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