ORLANDO, Fl. - Click It or Ticket kicked off Monday in Central Florida and the rest of the nation.
The program is an annual initiative aimed at enforcing drivers and passengers to wear seat belts in an effort to save lives.
"Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy," said Sheriff Jerry Demings of the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "Our goal is to save more lives, so the Orange County Sheriff's Office will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about six in 10 people killed in automobile crashes between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. in 2010 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
This year's Click It or Ticket program runs until Nov. 25. Drivers, however, should be aware that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round, day and night.
According to the Florida DMV website, the cost for a seat belt violation is $30. For a child that is not properly restrained, the violation is $60.