|Published:||May 19, 2013 5:01 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 19, 2013 11:43 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fort Myers police are cracking down on drivers who aren't buckled up.
"There's a lot of people that choose not to wear it for some reason, but our concern is for their safety," said Sergeant Pete Tarman, "You should be wearing your seat belt at all times, but if we stop you for another offense and you're not wearing your seat belt, you're liable to get another ticket as well."
From May 20th-June 2nd, law enforcement will be on high alert for the annual "Click it or Ticket" campaign and dispelling common myths about seat belt safety.
"Just because you're in a large vehicle, an SUV or a truck, while it does give you more protection, a seat belt is gonna keep you in the seat, it's going to keep you from hitting your face on the windshield or on the steering wheel," he said.
Last year, driving without a seat belt became a primary offense and more than 87% of Florida drivers took notice.
"Well I know it's the safe thing to do and safety is a value I have and comfort. It makes me feel more comfortable and secure so I always have it on," said Mari Bowlin.
But that still leaves plenty of drivers and passengers unrestrained.
"I'm not sure why anyone would put their kid in a car and not buckle them up," said Tyler Hawkins.
The governor's office says in 2010 nearly 800 Florida drivers died in crashes and were not wearing their seat belts at the time.
"It's a huge loss for the people who loved them and maybe an example for other people hopefully they'll think twice," Bowlin stated.
Studies show one in five Americans fail to regularly wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a vehicle. Seat belt tickets in the city of Fort Myers carry a fine of $113.