Beginning Monday, additional patrol assignments have been scheduled for law enforcement officers across Arkansas who are devoting time to strictly enforce Arkansas’ primary seat belt law, according to a news release from Arkansas State Police.

The enforcement plan includes the Arkansas State Police and local departments represented by the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police and the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association. The special operation continues through June 2 as part of the “Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement campaign.

“As we gear up for the mobilization, I want Arkansas drivers to know that they can’t hide from the state’s seat belt laws simply because they don’t travel on the major highways," Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown, president of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association, says in the release. “The law is the law, whether there is one car on the road or five hundred in bumper-to-bumper traffic. And more importantly perhaps, a car crash can happen anywhere at any time. That’s why it is critically important to buckle up before you drive, no matter where you are going or the route you take to get there.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed during 2017 in U.S. motor vehicle crashes. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. Participating law enforcement agencies will not accept any excuses when they stop a violator, the release continues.

“During the Click It or Ticket campaign, we’ll be working with our fellow law enforcement officers across local and state lines to ensure the message gets out to drivers and passengers,” Lt. Stephen Krumm with the Fort Smith Police Department says in an FSPD release. “We cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt. It’s the law, but it’s more than that: By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash. We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. We see the loss of life. So often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.”

Arkansas state law requires all front seat passengers, not just drivers, to buckle up. All children under 15 must be properly secured in the vehicle. A child who is less than 6 years old and who weighs less than 60 pounds must be restrained in a child passenger safety seat. If the driver has a restricted license, all passengers in the vehicle must be properly buckled up.

“As part of a national effort, officers will be out in force across the state to remind motorists that seat belt use is not optional,” Col. Bill Bryant, director of the Arkansas State Police and the Governor’s highway safety representative, says in the state police release. “It is a mandatory, life-saving measure that must be taken seriously, every day and every night, without exception.

"It is our hope that the enhanced police presence, as well as heightened public awareness with paid advertising, will hammer this message home and protect our motorists as they begin their summer travel for the Memorial Day holiday.”

For information about "Click it or Ticket" and how seat belts save lives, visit or call the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8133. Information about Arkansas' ongoing "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign can be found at