LITTLE ROCK — Law enforcement agencies across the state will increase patrols and step up enforcement of seat-belt laws during the Click It or Ticket campaign starting next Monday and continuing through June 4, the Arkansas State Police said Monday.


The campaign is aimed at reducing traffic deaths as families take to the highways for road trips, vacations and Memorial Day activities.


“Our state troopers see the personal and tragic results when motorists fail to buckle up and there are terrible injuries and loss of life,” Arkansas State Police Director Col. Bill Bryant said in a news release. “It’s such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic next step after sitting down in a vehicle, just buckle up.”


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the drivers and passengers killed in vehicle crashes in 2015 were not wearing seat belts. The frequency of fatalities increased during nighttime hours.


Arkansas law requires all front-seat passengers, not just drivers, to wear seat belts.


The law requires all children under age 15 to be properly secured in the vehicle. A child who is under age 6 and weighs less than 60 pounds must be restrained in a child passenger safety seat.


If a driver has a restricted license, all passengers in the vehicle must be buckled up.