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"Click it or Ticket" campaign ready to get underway

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The National Click it or Ticket campaign starts Monday, May, 21, and goes through June, 3.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for drivers and passengers not wearing their seat belts.

Since the inception of the campaign, Mississippi has seen the seat belt usage in the state rise to over 80% and also has seen a considerable decrease in accident fatalities.

"Seat belt usage has increased dramatically since the first click it or ticket. I think it was like 70 something percent and now we're up to 82%," said Cpl. Todd Miller, Troop J Public Information Officer. "That's a pretty good percentage, but we would like to get it closer to 100% if possible."

During the campaign law enforcement will also have a heightened awareness on finding people who are driving under the influence.

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