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May 17, 2014

Click it or ticket

NORMAN — Children learn at a young age the value of wearing seat belts. It’s usually their parents who need a reminder to buckle up.

Law enforcement agencies across the state, including the Norman Police Department, will take part in the annual “Click It or Ticket” mobilization May 19 through June 1.

Officers will focus on drivers and passengers who are not buckled up according to state law. Seat belts save about 13,000 lives each year. Credit seat belts, safer cars and better highway design for fewer fatality accidents.

State law requires drivers and front seat passengers age 13 and over to have a safety belt properly fastened at all times the vehicle is being operated.

Children age 12 and younger are required to be properly restrained in the appropriate car seat, booster seat or seat belt, according to the child’s age and weight.

About half of all unrestrained fatalities were ejected from their vehicle. The Memorial Day weekend holiday seems like an appropriate time to remind ourselves to always buckle up.

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