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2013 Click It Or Ticket Campaign Launches, National Participation On The Rise

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SALISBURY, Md. - Most of us do it – buckling up as soon as we get in the car.  But for those who don't - know this: for the next few weeks, law enforcement is watching.

It's all part of the 2013 nationwide click it or tick it campaign – which kicked off on Monday.

And it appears the latest seat belt statistics are promising: last year the number of people buckling up nationwide reached an all-time high of 86 percent!

But, that doesn't mean officers are easing up.

"This is a full-blown, aggressive campaign for seat belt compliance," Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said.

If you've ever ridden in a car before, you might be thinking "buckling up is simple, so why is it getting so much attention?"  

Well, consider this: according to the National Highway Transportation Association, more than 10,000 thousand people were killed in car accidents in 2011 nationwide. They all would be alive today, if they would have just buckled up.

Deputy First Class Nick Gismondi of Wicomico County took WMDT on a ride-along on the "Click It or Ticket" campaign's first day of 2013. He is one of hundreds of officers making sure that's exactly what people are doing.
 
Failure to wear a seat belt in Virginia is a secondary offense, which means you must be pulled over for something else before you can be cited for not buckling up.

But in Delaware and Maryland, it's a primary offense. That allows them to pull you over for not wearing a restraint, and slap you with a $25 dollar fine.
     
If you fail to wear your seat belt and fail to pay the fine, Sheriff Lewis says officials will suspend your license.

So, to prevent all of this from happening to you, especially over this Memorial Day weekend -

"It's this simple: wear your seat belt. Seat belts save lives," Lewis said.

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