Patrol To Crack Down On Seat Belt Violators

COLUMBUS, 0hio (AP) - The State Highway Patrol is planning a statewide crackdown on motorists who don't buckle-up.

Officials say improving Ohio's lackluster record in seat-belt usage could save perhaps 120 lives per year.

It's expected that troopers will issue an additional 50,000 tickets this year for seat-belt violations, many during the busy travel time between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Until now, troopers have had the flexibility to issue a seat-belt warning instead of a ticket. But patrol Superintendent Kenneth Morckel is making the ticket mandatory.

The seat belt campaign officially begins on Thursday.

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