AUBURN – Drivers and passengers who don’t wear their seat belts could face a fine if they’re caught during the Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign May 18-31.

The Auburn Police Department, as well as state and other local law enforcement agencies, are participating in the effort to get riders to buckle up.

Auburn police Deputy Chief Jason Moen said in a statement that officers will be patrolling around the clock to make sure occupants of passenger vehicles take seat belt safety seriously. He said the risk of fatal injury to passengers in the front seat of cars is reduced by 45 percent, and 60 percent in pickups and SUVs, when seat belts are worn.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studies show one out of five Americans don’t wear seat belts.

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