There's a new statewide campaign getting underway to remind motorists to make sure everyone is wearing a seat belt.
"Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up" is the name of the new effort to encourage parents to buckle up their "tweens." Just over 3,000 children between the ages of 8 and 14 were involved in traffic crashes in the state between 2010 and 2014, and more than 10% of those children were improperly buckled.
The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning is behind the new campaign encouraging parents to teach their kids to develop good seat belt practices that will stay a habit into driving age and adulthood. 48 children between the ages of 8 and 14 were killed, and 565 suffered serious injuries in traffic crashes during that four-year span.