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Don't buckle up? Prepare to get a ticket in Oregon City

Oregon City police sent out an extra reminder to buckle up before driving this week.

OCPD — along with several Oregon sheriff's offices, local police departments and Oregon State Police — are participating in a Safety Belt Overtime Campaign Blitz that started Feb. 8 and continues through Feb. 21.

Officers are on the alert for people exceeding the speed limit or violating the hands-free cell phone law. Overtime costs are being paid from dedicated funding through USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Last year, OC officers conducted three overtime blitzes, resulting in more than 100 citations for various offenses, including failing to obey traffic-control devices, no insurance and driving with a suspended license.

Surveys in 2015 found 97 percent of Oregonians use safety belts or child car seats. Not surprisingly, seat-belt use was lower among people killed in crashes; 75 percent among all crash fatalities and only 50 percent among persons killed in nighttime crashes, according to ODOT reports.