The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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May 15, 2014

Geneva police to crack down on drivers not buckling up

GENEVA — Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, Geneva Police Department will begin cracking down on motorists who are not seat-belted as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign.

Beginning Monday officers will be out in full-force to make sure drivers are buckled up.

This year’s campaign runs May 19 through June 1, but officers will be enforcing seat belt laws year-round.

“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night — no excuses,” said Police Chief Dan Dudik. “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt — Click It or Ticket.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for the first time in five years, fatalities for unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants have gone up. In 2012, 61 percent of people killed in passenger vehicle accidents between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” Dudik said. “We want everyone to have a safe summer, but it requires an important step on the part of motorists — clicking that seat belt.”

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