Click It Or Ticket Campaign Begins Monday In West Virginia, Ohio

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Updated: 5/15/2015 4:30 P.M.

With the summer driving season starting, police want to issue the reminder: Click It or Ticket.

West Virginia's seat belt law is a primary offense, meaning mountain state law enforcement can pull over drivers for not wearing a seat belt.

Ohio's law is a secondary offense, meaning you have to be pulled over for another violation first.

But both states are stepping up enforcement, with a holiday weekend approaching.

"Last year, we logged about 1800 violations for not wearing a safety belt (in Washington and Morgan counties)," says Lt. Carlos Smith of the Ohio Highway Patrol's Marietta post. "That can range from a minor to a child seat to an adult not being restrained; a driver or a passenger."

Beginning Monday, Parkersburg and Vienna police will each have officers working overtime looking for violations.

The Wood County Sheriff's office and Williamstown police will be looking for violations with a checkpoint at the West Virginia welcome center in Williamstown.

11/15/2013 11:04 A.M.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Buckle up or pay up.

Police across West Virginia are starting the first of four seat belt enforcement blitzes from Friday through Dec. 1.

The West Virginia Highway Safety Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have provided highway safety funds to conduct three mini "Click it or Ticket" campaigns that go along with the national campaign scheduled every May.

West Virginia's seat belt laws are a primary law, meaning that police can stop a driver and issue a citation simply for not wearing a seat belt.

Officers also will be watching for drivers who are texting and talking on their cellphones without a hands-free device.

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