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Louisiana motorists should expect heavy seatbelt enforcement this weekend

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Two people wearing seatbelts in the pickup cab are spun in this La. State Patrol exhibit. Two people wearing seatbelts in the pickup cab are spun in this La. State Patrol exhibit.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Last Memorial Day weekend, 12 people lost their lives on Louisiana highways.

And, Louisiana State Police say, more than half of the motorists killed in traffic crashes statewide are not buckled up.

This week, the LSP kicked off its seatbelt enforcement campaign, warning drivers to click it or get a ticket. Authorities wrote more than 20,000 tickets during last year's campaign.

Bossier City Police, working with state Troopers, are adding their own twist to the annual seatbelt initiative.

The Bossier City Police Department will conduct a seatbelt compliance checkpoint on Tuesday, May 28 at a location in Bossier City north of I-20 as part of the department's participation in the national "Click It or Ticket" seatbelt enforcement initiative.

This is the second such checkpoint operated by BCPD as part of "Click It or Ticket" which began on May 20 and runs through June 2.

During this time, Bossier City police officers are stepping up seatbelt and child safety restraint enforcement in an effort to increase usage and save lives.

The first checkpoint was held on Monday, May 20, which resulted in officers issuing eleven citations for seat belt violations and one citation for no child safety restraint.

The BCPD's participation in "Click It or Ticket" is funded with federal grant money distributed through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

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