CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Police Department has kicked off a high visibility enforcement campaign to remind citizens the importance of wearing seatbelts.
"Click It or Ticket" mobilization began on Monday. Increased enforcement will run through June 1.
As motorists take to the roads to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement officials across the nation will work to ensure that everyone buckles up.
"Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound," said Lieutenant Bruce Hoffbauer, Cincinnati Police Department's Traffic Unit Commander. "If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed."
According to new data released from the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crash fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years.
Those fatalities include 10,335 people who were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. Of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2012 during nighttime hours between 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., 61 percent were not wearing seat belts.
"We are determined to help bring these numbers down," said Hoffbauer. "There are too many people dying on the roads, and many of those deaths could have been prevented if people took the simple step of wearing their seat belts. We will be handing out tickets year-round to those who still haven't gotten the message."