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LAWTON, Okla._ Law enforcement agencies around the state are reminding drivers to buckle up as they amp up patrols, making sure everyone is wearing their seatbelt.

“It’s really just a matter of forming a habit and sticking to it,” says John Toombs, a patrolman with Oklahoma Highway Patrol. “It could easily save your life."

It’s all part of the Click It or Ticket campaign, which runs through June 1. Toombs says a ticket for violating seatbelt laws can range from $20-$200 and adds it's not worth the citation for something that is easily preventable.

“I do run into a lot of people who say 'well, I don't speed, I’m a very careful driver, why do I have to wear my seatbelt?' (but) there's other people on the road. We are really just trying to decrease fatalities and injuries."

OHP says there were 708 deaths on Oklahoma roadways in 2012. Nearly 60 percent of those people were not wearing a seatbelt.

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