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MHP Crack Down on "Click It or Ticket"

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Mississippi Highway Patrol launches their two-week "Click It or Ticket" campaign. They're gearing up to crack down on seat belt violations in hopes to keep the roadways safe the Memorial Day holiday.

In 2006 the Mississippi State Legislature passed a primary seat belt law requiring all drivers to buckle up.

According to Corporal Todd Miller from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, when the "Click It or Ticket" campaign started almost ten years ago, about 60 percent of Mississippians were wearing seatbelts. Now that number is at 82 percent. They're hoping one day for 100

"We're going to be out in force and we're going to be looking for not only seat belts we'll be looking for dui and other impaired drivers," assures Miller. He is part of MHP's Troop J division in Hattiesburg. If you don't buckle up you'll have to pay the fine. "It's a 25 dollar fine, you know 25 dollars is not an extremely large amount of money but still it's a fine."

Miller assures that there will be road blocks and a heavy police presence during the click it or ticket campaign as well as Memorial Day weekend. "Be cautious use a designated driver if consuming alcohol." During the campaign they'll be running two extra troopers a day and, "we're having some additional funding for dui checkpoints and look for DUI's."

Seat belts, drunk driving, running stop signs and speeding will be their biggest issues during the holiday weekend. "Speeding is going to be the number one thing, the number one citation across the state every year."

"By wearing your seatbelt if you get involved in an accident it might keep someone from getting ejected and possible furthering injuries if not losing their life," says Miller.

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