RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV)--Fatalities are up nationwide for drivers and passengers who are not wearing their seat belts when involved in a car accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In 2012, 10,335 unbelted vehicle occupants lost their lives. Here in Nevada, 41 unbelted drivers and passengers died last year.
"Anything over 1 is a high number for losing a life. No one wants to lose a life over a seatbelt," Trooper Dave Gibson with NHP said.
He adds, these numbers are not acceptable and the Nevada Highway Patrol is determined to help bring these numbers down. From 2008-2012, they saved nearly 63,000 lives nationally. And in 2012, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved if all unrestrained occupants involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts.
Nevada Highway Patrol troopers are going to be stepping up enforcement now through June 1st with the "Click it or Ticket" campaign.
Trooper Gibson says if you're not wearing your seatbelt when pulled over, there's no excuse, you will be given a citation.
Citation prices vary by county.