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Law enforcement cracking down on seat belt usage
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Across the state, law enforcement agencies are cracking down on seat belt use this holiday season.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety launched the annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign Monday, in conjunction with a crackdown on seat belt use on rural roads.

By day, concentrated patrols will check for seat belt violators on Georgia interstates. By night, road checks will look for seat belt violators on state and county roads. Those found not to be wearing seat belts will be written a citation.

The crackdown will continue through the end of November.

In 2008, 64 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed across the country during nighttime crashes were not wearing their seat belts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than half the Georgians killed in wrecks in 2008 were not wearing seat belts.

This dual enforcement strategy is designed to reduce the number of fatal wrecks during the Thanksgiving travel period. Georgians encountered 3,815 crashes as they drove during the November holiday last year, including 19 fatalities.