Seat belt campaign kicks off in Alaska

Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

JUNEAU - The state Department of Transportation and other agencies are kicking off a seat belt enforcement campaign.

The spotlight on the Click It or Ticket campaign began Monday, and will last through May 31.

Cindy Cashen, Alaska Highway Safety Office administrator, says police and Alaska State Troopers will focus on ticketing unbelted people in vehicles, especially at night.

She says 31 Alaskans who were not wearing seat belts died in crashes in 2007. The number dropped to 21 last year, according to preliminary numbers.

Cashen says research shows fewer people buckle up at night when the risk of being in a fatal crash is greatest.

The seat belt enforcement mobilization is being supported by an $8 million national advertising campaign.

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