Glendale police officers on Monday will join a two-week nationwide effort to enforce seat belt laws.

Through June 1, officers will be keeping an extra eye out for motorists not wearing seat belts as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer-vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” Glendale Police Chief Robert M. Castro said in a statement. “If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”

In 2012, 10,335 people across the country died in car crashes because they were not wearing their safety belts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

First-time violators in California over the age of 16 are fined $161. Failing to properly buckle up a child under the age of 16 will cost motorists a minimum of $490 for a first-time offense.

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