JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department has vowed to allow zero tolerance as the Click It or Ticket campaign starts Monday.
As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the country will step up seat belt enforcement May 18-31.
"Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes," Sgt. George Martin said. "As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 vehicle occupants who were killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained, and that percentage increased in crashes at night.
So, law enforcement is promising a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, and plans to write tickets day and night.
"If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they'll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up," Martin said. "The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people's attention, and get them to buckle up, then we've done our job."