Travelers on State Highway 66 will be checked for seat belt use Friday during a crackdown by law agencies in eight states.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is taking part in the 2013 Get Your Clicks on Route 66 campaign.
The efforts by law officers to enforce seat belt use and to check for child passenger safety seats will run for 24 hours in states along Route 66.
“This quarterly mobilization reminds everyone of the importance of buckling up every time you're in the car,” the program's coordinator, Lt. Ben Crockett of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, said in a news release. “Seat belts and child car seats are the best way to protect you and your family members in the event of a crash.”
The Route 66 enforcement effort began in 2010 with a few law enforcement agencies in central Oklahoma. Highway patrol troopers and state police officers from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois now join with Oklahoma, Crockett said.
Officers stopped about 375 motorists along Route 66 during Nov. 2's campaign.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 13,000 lives are saved nationwide every year by seat belts and child restraints, and motorists are 75 percent less likely to be killed in rollover crashes if they are buckled up.