BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Just a click of a seat belt can not only save you from a hefty fine but also your life.

“I can’t count how many accidents that have occurred with individuals not having their seatbelt on,” says Sergeant L’Jean McKneely.

McKneely says people not wearing seatbelts need to stop.

The Louisiana Highway Safety Mission made grant money available to Louisiana law enforcement agencies to have extra officers patrol for unbelted drivers and passengers. A first-offense ticket for not wearing a seatbelt is $50, while subsequent tickets are $75 each.

According to Don Coppola, who also works for the Baton Rouge Police Department, “This is a national campaign is over the memorial day weekend, because of the amount of people that statically are traveling.”

According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, they found that in 2020 almost 60% of the people who died in vehicle crashes were not wearing a seat belt or were not properly wearing a seat belt.

“They’ve been ejected from cars, as their cars were rolling they have been thrown from cars, kids have been thrown from cars,” said McKneely.

Louisiana native Spencer Duet says he lost a friend in high school because he was ejected from the windshield due to not wearing a seatbelt.

“Whenever anyone is in my car, they are always wearing a seatbelt at any point in time,” said Duet.

Law enforcement and highway patrol say to “Buckle Up” because “Seat Belts Save Lives.”