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Police beef up seat belt enforcement starting Monday

BANGOR - Maine law enforcement agencies are kicking off a two week campaign to beef up enforcement of Maine's seat belt law.

Officials said it's especially important this time of year as we kick off the summer driving season.

 

The Bureau of Highway Safety has given the state police more than $313,000 to help cover overtime. They and other police agencies will be taking part in the "Click It or Ticket" campaign and issuing tickets to drivers not wearing their seat belts.

 

It will all kick off Monday when Maine and New Hampshire police team up in a coordinated effort.

 

Officials stated seat belt usage is high in Maine, but the numbers from fatal accidents tell a different story. 42% of those killed in accidents during the day were not wearing their belts and the number is even higher for night drivers. 65% of those killed on Maine roads during the night were not wearing their seat belts.