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Delaware Police Crack Down on Seat Belt Violators

Updated: May 20, 2009 11:48 PM EDT
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DOVER, Del.- If you do not wear your seatbelt, you could get caught.  Police across Delaware are cracking down on seat beat violators with this year's campaign, "Click It or Ticket."

The Office of Highway Safety says almost 70 percent of the drivers and passengers killed so far this year in Delaware were not wearing their seatbelts. That is why officers say the campaign is so important.

Police have been conducting checkpoints in areas throughout the state and they say they will especially be on the lookout this holiday weekend.

Clayton police spent Wednesday afternoon along Route 300, checking each car, making sure everyone was wearing their seatbelts.

The OHS launched the "Click It or Ticket" campaign in Delaware on May 10th. Officers have already issued 905 citations for seat belt violators.  Police say they have heard every excuse in the book.

"We've heard from them, 'It hurts my neck,' 'It hurts my shoulders,' or 'I didn't think Delaware had that law,'" said Cpl. Todd Michelau of the Clayton Police Department.

Officers say sometimes it can be a challenge to get older adults to follow the law.

"They're just so used to doing things their way, they're not willing to change. If you teach them when they're younger, they're easier to work with," Michelau said.

With Memorial Day right around the corner, police say it is a good habit drivers need to continue.

"I think it sets a precedent right off the bat. Summer is coming and school's getting ready to end, people are doing a lot more traveling. They're going to have to be more cognizant on the roadways," Michelau said.

Police across the state will continue enforcement, using checkpoints and roving patrols.  Violators face a $25 fine.

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