Officers target seat belt use over holiday weekend

Officers target seat belt use over...

MADISON, Wis. - Authorities will target drivers who aren’t wearing seat belts over Memorial Day weekend.

Hundreds of law enforcement agencies are teaming up for the annual Click It or Ticket campaign which highlights the importance of buckling up.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, about 88 percent of drivers in the state fasten their seat belts, which is below the national average of 91 percent.

Half of the drivers and passengers killed in traffic crashes last year were not wearing seat belts. Ten of those deadly crashes were reported during Memorial Day weekend in Wisconsin.

"I've seen a lot of crashes where if they just had their seat belt on, they would have been OK, but that wasn't the case,” Wisconsin State Trooper Kevin Meier. “It's a hard lesson to learn.”

The fine for not wearing a seat belt or child restrains can range up to $75.

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