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      2014 'Click It or Ticket' campaign underway

      "Click It or Ticket" is a saying most Alabamians are starting to live by. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 97 percent of Alabamians buckled up in 2013. {} The agency released the report just as Alabama's 2014 "Click It or Ticket" safety belt enforcement campaign kicks off this week. The state's seat-belt-use rate is up 7 percentage points from the 90 percent rate in 2012.{}Each year during the Memorial Day holiday period, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs provides grant funding to local law enforcement agencies to conduct seat-belt safety checkpoints and extra patrols in areas where a high number of vehicle crashes have occurred. Through June 1, officers from 232 law enforcement agencies around Alabama will{}work overtime to enforce Alabama's seat belt laws and remove dangerous drivers from the roadways. ADECA distributed $200,000 in grants from funds made available by NHTSA to cover overtime expenses during the enforcement campaign.