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Click It Or Ticket Campaign Kicks Off

Reported: May. 16, 2014 11:18 AM EDT
Updated: May. 16, 2014 6:36 PM EDT

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox) -- For Larry Kendall and A.L Cummings, the old cliche "seat belts save lives" hits close to home, personally and professionally.

Kendall said he got the 2 a.m. call from his daughter nearly all parents dread several years ago.

"She had been in a crash," he said. "She'd avoided a deer, she had gone over the guardrail and down over a hill."

Luckily, she walked away with only minor injuries.

"She had actually listened to dad, and was wearing her seat belt," he said.

Captain A.L. Cummings is the Deputy Chief of Field with the West Virginia State Police. He said it's been a little more than 20 years since he was in a pretty serious on-the-job car crash.

"I had my seat belt on that day and I walked away from the crash with really no injuries," he said.

That's why you'll always see him buckling up before he hits the road, and if he or a fellow law enforcement officer catches you without yours on, they won't hesitate to write a ticket.

Officers from all over the Tri-State came out to the Marshall University football field to kick off the latest Click It or Ticket campaign.

"We are all working in this together as a joint effort that it's not only important to us here in West Virginia but also important in our adjoining states in Ohio and Kentucky," Cummings said.

They shared personal stories that included tragedies or happy endings, all dealing with seat belt use. Kendall said, "It's very personal to me. It's a face, it's a name, and it's family."

The goal was to show they stand united to try to educate and save as many lives as possible.

"Law enforcement's out there with a very simple message. Click it or ticket," Kendall said.

The campaign will be fully enforced from May 19 to June 1. To find out more about seat belt safety, you can log on to www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

On Monday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., police in all three states will target drivers who are not wearing their seat belts and not buckling up their children.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- (Dave Benton) -- With Memorial Day weekend just a week away when a lot of people will be on the roads, law enforcement is beefing up its Click It or Ticket campaign.

Police from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia were scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Friday at Marshall University's football stadium to hold a news conference on the campaign. They want to remind everyone the law will be enforced from now throughout the summer.

The goal is to raise seat belt use to 90 percent before the beginning of what police said is the 100 deadly days of summer.

As motorists take to the roads to celebrate next weekend's long holiday, police want to make sure everyone buckles up.

Huntington resident Pam Blackwell says she knows how important enforcement can be.

"My daughter got a ticket because her younger sister was in the backseat without a seat belt on so when we got pulled over, we had our seat belt on, but she didn't," Blackwell said. "Kids are going to be kids, but I definitely think it does raise the awareness."

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, police in all three states will target drivers who are not wearing their seat belts and not buckling up their children.

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