Click It or Ticket campaign begins in Sarasota County

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SARASOTA COUNTY - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is again participating in the National Click It or Ticket Campaign to save lives and remind motorists that the law requires them to buckle up.

From May 20 to June 2, law enforcement agencies throughout the United States are intensifying efforts to enforce seatbelt laws for all motorists around the clock. Failing to wear their seatbelts will cost drivers $116.

Every year during the Memorial Day holiday, agencies join forces to send one clear message: 24 hours a day, seven days a week and from coast to coast, Click it or Ticket.

In Florida, all motorists are required to buckle-up when riding in the front seat, and passengers under the age of 18 must use proper seat restraints regardless of where they are seated in the vehicle.

Thanks to awareness campaigns such as this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that seat belt use reached 86 percent in 2012, an increase from 84 percent the year before.

According to NHTSA research, men ages 18 to 34 are least likely to buckle up.