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'Click It or Ticket' kickoff set for May 15

The American of Vinita, Oklahoma

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Members of the media are inyited to take part in a kick-off event for the annual statewide "Click It or Ticket" mobilization. The press event will take place at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, at The Lazy Parrot, 2530 S. Main St. #A, in Grove.

The event is hosted by the Green Country. Safe Communities group, which includes law enforcement agencies, emergency response organizations, community groups, non-profit organizations and others from the northeastern Oklahoma area.

Speakers at the press event will include OHP Trooper Shawn Cummings, Grove Police Chief Mark Morris and Grove Assistant Fire Chief Mike Reed.

This year's "Click It or Ticket" mobilization runs May 21 through June 3, and law enforcement officers across the state will be on the lookout for drivers and passengers who are not wearing seat belts.

Oklahoma law requires drivers and front seat passengers age 13 and over to have a safety belt properly fastened at all times the vehicle is being operated. Children age 12 and younger are required to be properly restrained in the appropriate car seat, booster seat or seat belt, according to the child's age and weight.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the use of seat belts saves about 13,000 lives every year. But in 2010, more than 22,000 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA, and 51 percent of them were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The "Click It or Ticket" campaign was initiated in 1993 in North Carolina. Now nearly all U.S. states and territories take part in the annual event.

For more information on this year's "Click It or Ticket" campaign, please visit

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Original Publication Date: May 10, 2012

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