EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene Police Department kicked off its annual Click It Or Ticket campaign.
The campaign’s part of a nationwide effort to reduce the number of traffic deaths and injuries resulting from not wearing a seat belt.
Last year in Oregon, 61 people died in crashes who were not wearing their seat belts.
Eugene police say the seat belt law has been in place for a while, but people still act like it’s no big deal.
“But what happens is people just tend to get lazy cause I’m just going to go a short ways, I’m just going from the market to this. They just figure ‘well I’ll be safe’. When statistically most of the accidents happen within a mile of your residence,” said Sgt. Jim Ball, Eugene Police Department.
Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of injury by at least 70 percent. The campaign runs until June 2.