COPY-Troopers, others agencies to enforce seat belt laws

UNDATED, Ala. Better buckle up over the Memorial Day weekend. Alabama law enforcement agencies -- state, county and local officers -- are participating in the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" enforcement blitz.

The campaign starts today and ends June fourth.Colonel Mike Coppage, Alabama's Public Safety Director, said despite increased seat belt use statewide, more than half of the people killed in rural traffic accidents this year were not wearing seatbelts.Coppage said additional troopers will patrol popular vacation routes over the two-week period as part of Operation CARE or Combined Accident Reduction Effort. The roadways include all interstates and U-S Highways 231 and 331 south of Montgomery.Troopers estimate that 17 people may die in traffic accidents in Alabama over the holiday travel period that begins Friday, May 26th at 6 p-m and ends at midnight Monday, May 29thth.Last year 13 people died in traffic accidents in Alabama over the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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