Law enforcement agencies across Louisiana are working together from May 19 through June 1 for the annual Click It or Ticket safety campaign.
According to La. State Police Trooper Albert Paxton, the campaign is not about writing more tickets; it is about raising awareness and getting La. residents to buckle up all the time.
"If we go out for the next two weeks and don't have to write a ticket, don't have one fatality," Paxton said, "then we've had a successful campaign."
During the enforcement mobilization, Paxton says that there will be more designated patrols working overtime looking for seat belt violations. The stepped up enforcement period includes the Memorial Day weekend.
"It's a big weekend that we traditionally have a lot of fatalities," said Paxton.
According to a La. Highway Safety Commission news release, Memorial Day is among the worst holidays for traffic deaths in the state. The commission reports that 11 people were killed and 495 were injured in crashes over the Memorial Day holiday in 2012. This is second only to the five-day Thanksgiving holiday when 13 people died in crashes.
According to the commission, 117 law enforcement agencies, traffic safety coalitions and partners will be participating in Click It or Ticket for 2014.
"The Click It or Ticket campaign is an important enforcement effort in Louisiana and across the nation," Colonel Mike Edmonson, superintendent of the La. State Police, said in the release. "Enforcement and education are powerful tools that we hope convince drivers to obey seat belt and other laws. Troopers and our local agency partners will be out in force through the length of the campaign. Make safety a priority by buckling up."