LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - The annual Click It or Ticket campaign went into effect Monday and will continue through June 2nd.
The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department says it will be out in full force, especially Memorial Day weekend, operating checkpoints to make sure people are using seatbelts and child restraints.
Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says it's a simple thing to practice safety and it's the law.
"Be a responsible driver during this event and know that we're going to have roadside safety check points set up at various locations, various times on different days, during this time period looking for those drivers that don't have their seat belt on," Calhoun said.
From 2013 to 2017, seatbelts saved an estimated 69,000 lives in the U.S. Nationally, the seatbelt use rate in 2017 was right at 90 percent.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol also has plans in place for enhanced patrols this weekend. The Memorial Day holiday officially starts at midnight Friday and continues through Monday night.
MHP is participating in Operation Care, the Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort, is a national effort to increase officer presence on interstates and federal highways.