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Click it or ticket campaign underway in Lowndes County

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Law officers are cracking down on drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts.

They say lives can be saved if people just simply buckle up.

With students getting out of school, more people are on the road, law officers want you to click it or they'll ticket.

This month through June 6, law enforcers across georgia are cracking down on seat belts.

"The majority of people who don't wear their seatbelts in a serious accident you're going to get ejected and that's usually what kills people," said TFC Patrick Orr of the Georgia State Patrol.@

The summer hoiday traveling period is coming up, that's another reason troopers are urging you to be safe on the highways.

"When you crash into somebody it'll stretch. It has elasticity on it so it'll stretch and absorb a lot of the impact," said Orr.

In July, adults in pick up trucks will also be required to wear seatbelts for the first time.

"When you're not wearing a seatbelt it's like you're popcorn inside the car it just throws you everywhere," said Orr.

The moment you get behind the wheel, click it or you will be ticketed. Drivers often pull out of parking lots without buckling up. Troopers say that's when they catch many people not wearing their seatbelts.

Statistics show that men are also less likely to buckle up than women. According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, one in five people don't buckle up.

"Seatbelt fines are 10 to 15 dollars," said Orr.

While these fines are small, if you don't obey the law, it the cost could be a life. Troopers want you to buckle up because wearing a seatbelt could mean the difference between life and death

The most recent crash data from 2008 shows that more than 13,000 lives were saved in crashes because of seat belt use.

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