Click it or ticket campaign kicks off ahead of Memorial Day weekend

Click it or ticket

As near record numbers of drivers prepare to hit the roads for the Memorial Day holiday, the Florida Highway Patrol wants parents and teens to be aware of the dangers of not wearing a seat belt.

During the click it or ticket campaign drivers will see increased education and enforcement on buckling up to avoid serious injury and death.

" Many times you see a crash where had the person been properly restrained they probably would not have lost their life, " FHP Lietutant Patrick Riordan said.

Riordan said with the Memorial Holiday approaching there will be more traffic and drivers on the road.

AAA calls the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day the 100 deadliest days. The average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15 percent compared to the rest of the year.

" In 2015 over a thousand people died during the 100 deadliest days and a lot of those were teens, but its also teens crashing into other age groups." AAA spokesman Matt Nasworthy said.

Recent data shows 60 percent of teen drivers killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt, but the CDC says drivers who do wear their seat belt are cutting the risk of death by almost 50%.

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