AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine State Police and 83 other law enforcement agencies in Maine have kicked off their annual campaign to crack down on seat belt violators.
The two-week "Buckle Up-No Excuses" campaign began Monday and runs through June 2, coinciding with the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign involving police agencies across the country.
In Maine, the state Bureau of Highway Safety has distributed $178,000 in federal highway safety funds to assist in the effort by paying officers' overtime.
Col. Robert William, the head of the Maine State Police, says victims in half of all highway deaths this year were not buckled up.
A seat belt summons costs $70 for the first offense, $160 for the second and $310 for the third violation.
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