Click-It or Ticket Campaign Kicks Off Friday

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After responding to two deadly accidents in the past two days, sheriff's deputies in Kanawha County want to get the word out about West Virginia's upcoming seat belt campaign.

The Governor's Highway Safety Program will kick off its Click-It or Ticket campaign this Friday.

Not wearing a seat belt can cause you to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash, and deputies say three out of four people who are ejected or even partially ejected -- end up dying from their injuries.

"I see it quite often. I issue a lot of citations for not wearing seat belts. It's quite frequent," Sergeant J.H. Thaxton said. "I explain to them how simple it is and what happens to people if they don't wear their seat belts just based on my experience."

As of last year, not wearing a seat belt is now a primary offense. That means officers don't need another reason to pull you over and give you a ticket.

Deputies say the fine is $25, which when put into perspective is a low price to pay compared to what could happen if you're involved in a crash.

The Click-It or Ticket campaign is set to last several weeks.

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