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As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day, the Downey Police Department announced it is stepping up enforcement of the state's seat belt laws.
"As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it's important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night - no excuses," said Police Chief Carl Charles.
"Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt - click it or ticket."
According to U.S. traffic safety data, 52 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. People are less likely to use their seat belts at night, statistics show.
Federal transit authorities estimated that seat belts saved 11,949 lives in 2011.