If you are not already in the habit of bucking up in the great state of Maine, now may be a good time to start.

That’s because Maine State Police say they are gearing up for crack down campaign on motorists who are not using their seat belts. Authorities say that nearly 5,000 seat belt citations and warnings have been handed to motorists so far this year – 2,478 citations and 2,549 warning since January.

Last summer, troopers conducted a similar campaign, which resulted in about 770 tickets and 1,800 warnings.

State Police say that about half of those killed on Maine roads is due to motorists not using their safety belts.