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"Click It or Ticket" campaign gets drivers to buckle up

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- Police are stepping up their efforts to make sure drivers buckle up.

"Click It or Ticket" started Monday. It's a campaign aimed at getting people to wear their seatbelts.

"We're putting officers out there on special traffic details to strictly keep an eye for seatbelt enforcement," said Lt. Nathan Pekarske of Wausau Fire Department.

For the next two weeks, police across the state are trying to make sure everyone wears a seatbelt.

"If you don't, law enforcement agencies statewide will be paying extra attention," Pekarske said.

Some drivers admit to not always having one on. Travis Krug says it just slips his mind sometimes.

"I drive a short distance," Krug said. "My apartment's located like a mile down from where I work. I know a lot can happen in a mile, but I don't really think about it I guess."

And he's not alone.

"[Wisconsin is] still behind the curve," said Pekarske. "We're still behind the national average, and we're still quite a ways behind some of our surrounding and neighboring states."

Still, Krug says he knows the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

"Seatbelts save lives," he said. "You all hear the stories about a seatbelt saving someone's life and what a seatbelt and not having a seatbelt can do."

So what would it take to get drivers like Krug to buckle up? Maybe a familiar face.

"They're trying media campaigns and reaching out to public figures that may connect with people in Wisconsin," Pekarske said.

One of them is former Packer Donald Driver.

"You'll see that someone like that actually takes the time to put a seatbelt on and doesn't think that because they're famous, it makes them any better or is going to make them any safer," Krug said.

Whether it's a celebrity endorsement or even just the fear of getting pulled over, police want you to buckle up.
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