WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The Transportation Department is kicking off the annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign.
The departments says about 84 percent of motorists wear seatbelts -- an all-time high.
However, the government says there is still plenty of room for improvement as about 45 million Americans are not buckling up in their cars.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says thousands of motorists are dying each year because they don't buckle up. He says an average of 38 unbelted people a day are killed in motor vehicle crashes.
The "Click It or Ticket" campaign is running from May 24 through June 6. More than 10,000 police agencies will enforce seat belt laws. The message will be reinforced with $8 million in national advertising.