The Lompoc Police Department will be looking for motorists who are not wearing their seat belts as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” program.

“As we kick off the busy summer driving season, it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night — no excuses,” said Capt. Ed Lardner.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger-vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Deaths involving seat belt non-use are more prevalent at night than during the daytime.

According to NHTSA,

62 percent of the 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 during the overnight hours were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “We want everyone to have a safe summer, but it requires an important step on the part of motorists — clicking that seat belt.”

In 2011, seat belts saved an estimated 11,949 lives nationwide, according to the NHTSA.

This year’s Click It or Ticket campaign runs through June 2, but officers enforce seat belt laws year-round.

For more on the national Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.

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