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Night drivers focus of "Click it or Ticket" campaign

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LEE COUNTY, ALABAMA (WTVM) - Night time drivers will be a large focus for this year's "Click it or Ticket" Campaign.

     In 2008, Alabama had more than 12 hundred motorist fatalities during the nighttime hours.

     Nearly two-thirds of those who died were not wearing their seat-belts.

     State Troopers admit finding everyone who is not wearing their seatbelts at night can be difficult, so this year they have a new strategy, "we can enforce click it or ticket at night by use of drivers license check points and at those checkpoints we're going to make sure the driver's have on their seat belts. we're also looking for those seat belt and child restraint violations that can go beyond the driver. we're looking at passengers and the drivers" says Trooper Charles Dysart.

     Lee County Sheriff, Jay Jones insists it's not an act of police "out to get you" they are trying to save lives.

     In 2008, the state had 88% of Alabamians wearing their seatbelts. In 2009, that rose to 92%.

     Teens are also a focus of this year's campaign.

     Dysart says they have a very high rate of accident fatalities whether they are the passengers or drivers from not wearing their seat belts.

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