PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - While it's okay to unbuckle your belt following your Thanksgiving feast, Paragould police want to remind you it is not okay to unbuckle your seat belt.
Millions of Americans, including many in Region 8, will hit the road this coming holiday.
During the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday period, 301 people died in vehicle crash nationwide. Of those, 58 percent were not wearing seat belts.
To make sure everyone arrives at their destinations safely, and alive, the Paragould Police Department warns that if you are unbuckled you will be fined.
The department is joining other state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign.
The no-excuses, zero-tolerance crackdown will include increased patrols night and day, targeting all unbuckled drivers and their passengers.
"The statistics are really troubling," said Captain Phillip Faulkner. "Almost half of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes are not wearing their seat belts."
Faulkner said his department is "serious about this campaign."
"If we see you without your seat belt, we aren't going to be asking any questions or giving out warnings," he said. "You will get fined up to $90."
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