State says tickets up during 4-day seat belt blitz
Seat belt blitz by police across Mich. leads to 8,700 tickets over four-day period
Authorities say 8,700 tickets were written during a recent four-day crackdown on seat belt use, a 6 percent increase over a similar effort a year ago.
Police and sheriff's departments in 26 counties participated from May 30 to June 2. The tickets were written for seat belt or child seat violations. Reports show that 13,453 vehicles were stopped during the Ticket or Click It campaign. In addition, nearly 600 more citations were given this year than the previous year during the enforcement efforts.
The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning says motorists were warned about the enhanced enforcement through advertising. Director Michael Prince says people who didn't "click it received a ticket."
Fifteen drunken drivers were arrested and 29 drug-related arrests were made. A stop in Eaton County resulted in a seizure of drugs worth more than $30,000.
More than 1,000 tickets were given for uninsured drivers and 415 tickets were given for driving on a suspended license.
Seatbelt use is reported to have declined over 4 percent since 2009. In 2012, 225 traffic deaths in Michigan involved people who were not buckled up.
Officers will step up their drunk driving patrols July 1 through July 7 and Aug. 16 through Sept. 2, during the heavy traveled holidays.
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