You'd better buckle up and mind your p's and q's if you're out on the roadway this long weekend.

Maine’s Bureau of Highway Safety, State Police and 54 other police departments are in the middle of a two week seat belt enforcement effort. The annual campaign centers around Memorial Day and will utilize federal highway safety funding to pay for overtime to allow officers to concentrate of seat belt enforcement.

Maine State Police

The Director of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, Lauren Stewart, said her agency has distributed $225,000 in federal funds to pay for the two week effort, called “Click it or Ticket”.

Stewart said, “Almost half of Maine’s recent highway deaths involved drivers and passengers not wearing their seat belts. Buckling up is not optional, it’s the difference between life and death in a crash.”

State Police are also participating in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Troopers will augment the seat belt enforcement with several additional traffic enforcement efforts for the next two weeks and throughout the summer.

The Chief of the Maine State Police, Colonel Robert Williams said, “Memorial Day is the kick-off to the summer driving season and drivers need to avoid drinking and driving, buckle up, stop texting and drive the speed limit.” Williams said the State Police plane will be assisting the enforcement efforts which will continue through the summer.

Stay safe out there!