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Click It or Ticket in full effect for Memorial Day weekend


AAA predicts nearly 35 million Americans will travel for the Memorial Day holiday. 

The holiday travel period is from Friday until Monday at midnight. State troopers and other law enforcement will be conducting a traffic safety initiative designed to save live. Last year, three people died in traffic crashes during the holiday weekend. State troopers say they'll be cracking down on people not wearing their seatbelts. The Click It or Ticket campaign went into effect Monday.

 Trooper Curtis Summerville says law enforcement officers are trained observers and they know what to look out for to spot those breaking the law.  Things like body language, eye movements and random gestures.  He said troopers notice other things from other angles of the car.

 "Often times with the person's clothing if they are wearing a particular color of clothing you can actually tell whether they are wearing a seat belt or not because it may be a dark seat belt or a light seat belt," he said.   

Summerville says when it all comes down to it, it's better to be safe or sorry.  

"The main thing is just to wear a seat belt," he said.  "We, meaning law enforcement officers take this personally.  Traffic fatalities, traffic crashes are personal to us. The only way we can combat that is to get out and do traffic enforcement. We have a zero tolerance for seatbelts that's how important it is to us and we will write you a citation if you are not wearing a seatbelt." 

The Click It or Ticket campaign runs through June 2nd.  Summerville says his team will be out in full force set up at "hot spots" in the Valley.

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