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Click It or Ticket crackdown on rural roads

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Georgians are traveling less, but when it comes to safety on the roads the state is just as vigilant as ever looking for seatbelt violators.

Law enforcers across the state began the Click It or Ticket crackdown for rural roads over the weekend.

Thomasville police say they're watching for all drivers who break the law on any road.

Across America more than 50 percent of traffic fatalities happen on country roads.

In 2007 1,649 lives were lost in fatal accidents in Georgia; many could have been saved if the occupants were wearing seatbelts.

"We really enforce the click it or ticket citations in the summer time because we have more people out on the roads and more children riding around in vehicles. The majority of fatalities we have is because people are ejected from the vehicle and that causes their death," Lt. Erick Hampton, Thomasville Police Department.

Last year's numbers won't be out until June but the Governor's office of highway safety estimates a total of 1,507 fatalities for 2009.

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