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The North Dakota Highway Patrol has increased patrols across the state to encourage motorists to buckle up and wear their seat belt.

The increased patrols are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click it or Ticket campaign that runs through May 31.

Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Buckling up helps keep occupants safe and secure inside the vehicle. If you are involved in a crash and are not buckled up, you can be ejected from the vehicle, which can be deadly, a highway patrol spokesman explained.

Seat belts are designed to be used in conjunction with vehicles’ other safety features. Air bags alone do not provide enough protection.

According to a spokesman, the force of an air bag can seriously injure people if they are not properly buckled up.

Proper use of safety features is the best defense against unexpected hazards on roadways so you, and those traveling with you, can make it to your destination safely.

In addition to ensuring all occupants are properly buckled up, responsible drivers should always drive sober, drive distraction free, drive for the current weather conditions, and always follow posted speed limits.

Although many factors lead to crashes, drivers can control the outcome by wearing a seat belt, which gives them the best chance of survival. From 2017 to 2019, 124 people who were not wearing their seat belts died in motor vehicle crashes in North Dakota.

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