5/9/2014 3:59 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - Law enforcement around the nation are on the lookout for seat belt violations in May as part of a national campaign to buckle up.
Lt. Paul Blume, with the Southern Regional Highway Safety Program, wants motorists to expect heavy enforcement through May 26. About 55 percent of fatalities in the state are un-belted, so officers believe the statistic would be different if drivers buckled up.
Click It or Ticket is the program's biggest campaign.
“It's definitely the best thing you can do to help out -- help your own chance in the event of a crash for fatalities or significant injuries,” Blume told WOAY.
Blume said violators are easy to identify, especially if an officer is driving behind you. They encourage the use of seat belts at all times.