CHARLESTON \u2014 As the unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time for Americans.\r\nEach year, the highways fill with families in vehicles on their way to start their summer vacations\r\nTo help keep drivers and passengers stay safe, the West Virginia Governor\u2019s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign will begin Monday and continue through June 3, concurrent with the busy travel season.\r\n\r\n\u201cBuckling up is an easy task that can keep you and your family safe in the car,\u201d said Bob Tipton, GHSP Director. \u201cBut it\u2019s more than that. Buckling up is the law. Our law enforcement officers see the consequences of not buckling up. We see the loss of life, and often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. Buckling up should be automatic for every driver and passenger.\u201d\r\n\r\nAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half (48 percent) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.\r\n\r\n\u201cIn 2016, we lost 80 West Virginia drivers because they did not buckle their seat belts,\u201d Tipton added.\r\n\r\nAlmost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2016, more than half (52 percent) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 40 percent were not buckled up.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits and start buckling up,\u201d continued Tipton. \u201cHelp us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or loved one is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. There is no one someone won\u2019t miss should a fatal crash occur. Seat belts save lives, and everyone \u2014 front seat and back, child and adult \u2014 needs to remember to buckle up \u2014 every trip, every time.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit www.nhtsa.gov\/ciot.