Troopers and police prepare for 'Click it or Ticket' campaign - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Troopers and police prepare for 'Click it or Ticket' campaign

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WARREN, Ohio -

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is announcing zero tolerance for seat belt violators over the next month.

That means if you get pulled over for a traffic violation and you're not wearing your seat belt, you can expect to pay for both violations.

 It's all part of an annual campaign called "Click it or Ticket."  

Police say it has been proven that seat belts save lives.

The odds of getting into an accident are much greater when you are in a construction zone.  

"We have more distractions in construction zones, we have heavy traffic, more workers. You're more likely to get into an accident because of those distractions. Lower speed limits and people not paying attention, those are added distractions along with cell phones and everything else we have going on," said Hartford Township police officer, Theresa Hartman.

And just like your parents told you, you have to look out for the other guy while on the road, another reason to make sure you're wearing your seat belt.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association driving while on drugs was associated with more deaths than driving while drunk in 2015.

"Our officers are being trained on how to identify a drug impaired driver as well as the alcohol impaired driver but certainly with the increase of opiate issues we've had," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt. "We have to have an increased presence of being able to identify and subsequently take those impaired drivers off the road."

Click it or Ticket runs through June 4th.

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