TULSA - Police, troopers, and deputies across eight states will fan out Friday to crack down on violations of seatbelt laws along historic Route 66, which traverses Tulsa from east to west.
Called "Get Your 'Clicks' on Route 66," the operation will run for 24 hours on Feb. 1.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Ben Crockett is coordinating the program, which he says is a quarterly drive to increase safety.
It "reminds everyone of the importance of buckling up every time you’re in the car,” said Crockett. “Seat belts and child car seats are the best way to protect you and your family members in the event of a crash.”
The program began in Oklahoma in 2010 with a handful of agencies in the central part of the state.
It has now spread out across Oklahoma, and troopers and state police agencies in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Illinois now participate.
During the last Route 66 operation, officers made about 375 stops.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that seatbelts save about 13,000 lives a year nationwide.
NHTSA also says in a rollover crash, seatbelts reduce the chance of dying by 75 percent.