The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety is urging drivers to buckle up during the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) national ‘Click It or Ticket’ high-visibility enforcement and education campaign.

From the Maine State Police:

The national seat belt campaign, which coincides with the Memorial Day holiday, runs from May 22 to June 4, 2023. “Summer is fast approaching and that means more motorists, including visitors from out of state, driving on Maine roads. One easy way to protect yourself and your passengers, in the event of a crash, is to ensure that everyone is buckled up, and riding in an age-appropriate child safety seat”, says Lauren Stewart, Highway Safety Director. “Always remember to buckle you and your children in age-appropriate restraints, and remember, never buy, or sell a used car seat. Your precious cargo deserves the safest seat.”

According to NHTSA, in 2021, there were 11,813 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 57% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Maine, the fine for not wearing your seat belt is $50 for the first offense and increases with each subsequent offense.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit NHTSA.gov/ciot.

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