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Police step up seat belt patrol

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CARBONDALE --  Over the next two weeks, local police departments will get out and heavily enforce the seat belt law.

It's all part of the "Click-it or Ticket" campaign. 

Officer Randy Mathis, with the Carbondale Police Department, hopes the Click-it or Ticket campaign will educate people on the importance of using a seat belt.

"We know seat belts save lives," Mathis said, "so we want to encourage the use of seat belts, through not only education but also, unfortunately, through enforcement sometimes."

Mathis said that nearly half of all crash-related deaths come from people not using a seat belt.

"About 43 percent of all crashes that led to deaths, the person was unrestrained," he said. "Those are very simple things that somebody can do, and it should be automatic that when you get in: buckle up."

Officers stressed the importance to make buckling up a habit.

"Accidents happen. We don't plan these things," Mathis said. "It's not they call us up and get it down in the books say, 'Hey, by the way, you're going to crash on your way home today.'"

Mathis said the campaign intends on cutting down on seat belt related injuries.

He said the couple extra seconds it takes to click it can be the difference between life and death.

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