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Safety Belt enforcement during Memorial Day in Michigan ticketed thousands


LANSING (WKZO) -- Over 13,700 traffic citations were handed out during the state of Michigan’s most recent crackdown on seat belt scofflaws, and only half the tickets were for not buckling up.

160 police departments from 40-counties participated during the first two weeks of the summer travel season at the beginning of the month.

Spokesperson Melody Kindraka says about 77-hundred tickets were handed out for failing to buckle up or improper child restraints.

The rest of the citations were for a variety of violations.

One man stopped in Ottawa County was being sought on three felony warrants and a man stopped in Monroe County was driving a stolen car.

She says they will do it again twice this summer over the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays.

The overtime for police to do the directed patrols is funded by a federal grant.