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The annual two-week Click It or Ticket campaign begins May 22 and troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Sault Ste. Marie Post are stepping up seat belt enforcement to increase seat belt use, save lives and reduce injuries.

According to the MSP Criminal Justice Information Center, in 2016, 196 people who died in traffic crashes in Michigan were not wearing their seat belts. Using a seat belt reduces the risk of injury or death in a traffic crash by 45 percent.

“Vehicles are safer than ever but seat belts remain the primary safety device,” said F/Lt. Joe Shier. “As the saying goes, seat belts only work if you wear them. This emphasis on enforcement is meant to remind motorists just how important that quick click is.”

During the 2016 Memorial Day holiday period, six people died in traffic crashes.

Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers, and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4 foot, 9 inches tall. Children under 4 must be in the back seat.

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