Buckle up, or it might cost you.


Officers with West Virginia University’s Department of Public Safety will conduct a seat belt checkpoint as part of the �€?Click It or Ticket�€? campaign from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, on Evansdale Drive near the Evansdale residence halls.


DPS officers will be passing out information about seat belt safety and checking to make sure drivers and their passengers are buckled up, Sgt. Richard McGee said.


Those who are not wearing seat belts may be issued a citation.


Random seat belt checks will also take place in various campus locations from Tuesday, May 30, through Friday, June 2.


The �€?Click It or Ticket�€? program is part of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program to encourage motorists �€especially teensto buckle up for safety.


In recent years, DPS has been recognized for its outstanding participation in the program, with an 85 percent rate of seatbelt use.


Safety belt enforcement is not about writing tickets, but about saving lives, Sgt. McGee said.


There have been many incidents where an officer issued a citation to someone who wasn’t buckled up or didn’t have his or her child properly fastened in a child safety seat �€only to have that person or child survive a serious crash shortly after the ticket was issued, he noted.