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Maryland State Police Renew ‘Click It Or Ticket’ Program

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Memorial Day holiday weekend marks the beginning of what law enforcement considers the busiest and most dangerous highway travel season. Maryland authorities are again imposing their “Click It or Ticket” seat belt policy.

Pat Warren reports they offered some pretty good evidence as to why this is a good idea.

What’s it going to take to convince you to buckle up?

Motor Vehicle, Highway Safety and the Transportation Authority hope this helps.

Imagine yourself inside a vehicle without a seat belt. Jeffrey Greene was in an accident three years ago.

“I hit a truck and actually the seat belt caused some injuries, but it probably saved my life at the same time,” he said.

The State Highway Safety Office reports 90 percent of Marylanders habitually wear seat belts.

“Yes, I’ve come to believe that wearing my seat belt is very important and I plan on always clicking my seat belt,” said driver Steve Secor.

“For safety, when you are in an accident, it can prevent you from moving around,” said driver Margaret Waweru.

But for one in 10 drivers, the need for seat belts just doesn’t click so you’ll be seeing reminders on the highway this summer–and receiving a ticket if you fail to comply.

“The importance of doing demonstrations like this is for folks to get the benefit without an actual injury or death, of seeing just the impact that such a collision has,” said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis.

A ticket for not buckling up will cost you $83. Safety officials say they’d much rather you save your life than they collect your money.

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