AUGUSTA — Maine state police and other law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for seat belt scofflaws as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

Troopers are encouraging seat belt use as the summer driving season begins with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The two-week campaign ends on June 6.

Lauren Stewart, director of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, says 66 police departments and 11 sheriff’s departments are joining troopers in the effort.

The agencies are sharing more than a half-million dollars in grant funding. The money will be used to fund overtime for police patrols looking for drunken drivers, speeders and aggressive drivers, as well as ticketing those who ignore Maine’s seat belt law.

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