FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — According to data from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, unbuckled motorists make up almost 40% of all passenger vehicle deaths in the state.

It’s a danger that police hope to prevent with their Click It Or Ticket Campaign.

More than 200 state and local law enforcement agencies across the country are increasing patrols ahead of Memorial Day weekend with a focus on making sure that drivers and passengers in vehicles are properly buckled up.

The goal is to reduce injuries and fatalities from lack of seatbelt use. Indiana law requires the driver and all passengers to buckle up.

Children under 8-years-old are required to be properly secured in a federally-approved child car seat or a booster seat.