As Memorial weekend approaches, efforts to reduce the number of highway fatalities and injuries due to non-seat belt use has become a top priority.
Law enforcement agencies across the state are geared up for the 'Click it or Ticket' campaign that started May 21 and runs until June 3rd.
As part of the nation-wide campaign, more North Dakota patrol units are scheduled and increased seat belt enforcement is taking place.
During the campaign, officers are patrolling over-time specifically for seat belt violators.
Sergeant Gregory Smith said the campaign runs over the Memorial holiday weekend for a reason.
(Sergeant Gregory Smith, ND Highway Patrol) "It tends to be one of the more deadliest holidays. Typically it is the first weekend that kids are out of school, people start going to the lake, enjoying their vacation time. There is a lot of vehicles out on the roadway."
This year there have been 40 automobile fatalities in North Dakota.
Sixty percent of those fatalities were not wearing seat belts.
(Chief Jason Olson, Minot Police Department) "We know statistically you are much more likely to survive a serious car accident if you are belted up. So just take that extra second to buckle up and it will avoid a serious injury or death."
With the increased traffic through the state, it is especially important to buckle up and use caution on the highways.