Get your ‘clicks’ on Route 66: Police crackdown on seat belt violators

Route 66 sign

OKLAHOMA CITY – Motorists should buckle up everyday and to drive that point home, officers will be making sure you get your “clicks” on Route 66 starting Friday.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers and State Police Officers are enforcing seat belt laws along the famed “Mother Road” and are inviting law enforcement from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois to do the same.

The Route 66 enforcement effort began in 2010 with a handful of law enforcement agencies in central Oklahoma.

“These focused enforcement periods along Route 66 have turned out to be a great way to remind people of the importance of buckling up,” OHP Lt. Ben Crockett said. “Seat belts and child car seats are the best way to protect you and your family in the event of a crash.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 13,000 lives are saved across the country every year by seat belts and child restraints.

The administration said motorists are 75 percent less likely to be killed in rollover crashes if they are buckled up.