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"Click It or Ticket" Program Begins Today

"Click It or Ticket" Program Begins Today

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(KSL News) Starting today, if you don't "click it," you just might get a ticket.

Across Utah and the nation, officers will be on the lookout for people not wearing their seat belts. It's part of a national crackdown to get people to buckle up.

Nicole Nason, an administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said, "This campaign is about saving lives, it's not about writing tickets. It's about public awareness and making people understand they need to wear their seat belts."

Here in Utah, if you get a ticket for not wearing your seat belt, it will cost you $45. Bountiful Police Department Chief Tim Ross says, "Unfortunately, it has been proven the threat of a ticket is a far greater incentive to buckle up than the threat of injury or death."

For the next two weeks, officers from coast to coast will conduct seat belt checkpoints and traffic stops, and write tickets around the clock.

Public safety officials say more than 15,000 people die in car accidents each year because they weren't buckled up.

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