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'Click it or Ticket' campaign starts

LAWTON, Okla._Law enforcement across the state will join law enforcement all over the U.S. for the "Click it or Ticket” campaign as they crack down on drivers who aren't properly buckled up.

The nationwide campaign runs through the Memorial Day holiday weekend when many motorists will be traveling on U.S. highways. Oklahoma law requires drivers and front seat passengers 13 and older to have a safety belt properly fastened at all times while the vehicle is being operated. Children must be restrained in the appropriate car seat, booster seat or seat belt according to age and weight.

"A big deal is safety. Safety first. We want to make sure you arrive safely and stay in your vehicle if you were to get into a crash. We want you to stay in there instead of getting ejected," said OHP Trooper Chantz Jackson.

Trooper Jackson says the laws are very strict in Oklahoma, especially the seat belt and restraint fines for children. While a seat belt fine for an adult can run about $20, child restraint tickets run about $235.

Safety officials say seat belts save about 13,000 lives each year.

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