LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Extra law enforcement patrols will be out on the roads for a seatbelt enforcement event ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police will be joining forces with other law enforcement agencies around Nevada now through Nov. 29.
Agencies will be taking a "no excuse" approach and will be issuing citations day or night.
The effort is part of the "Click It Or Ticket" campaign, aimed at increasing law enforcement participation by coordinating patrols across the state looking for seat belt violations and providing safety information about the use of seat belts.
So far this year, 67 people who were not wearing their seatbelts have died in crashes.
"That's some of our frustration when we read these reports - we're seeing that these crashes were most likely survivable if people were just wearing their seatbelts," said Andrew Bennett with Nevada State Police.
Bennett said the current total will likely rise before the new year, making 2021 the deadliest in a decade for people no buckled up.
"More people are going to be behind the wheel, going for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. So that's where our main frustration, our concern is, during the holiday season."
He said that reckless behavior, like impaired driving, speeding, and not wearing seatbelts, increased during the pandemic, when fewer people were on the roads.
"We’re now seeing those continue to be around in 2021 and we have more people on the roadways, so those behaviors with our populated roadways is that deadly combination," Bennett explained.
According to Nevada State Police, 29% of people killed as a result of not wearing a seatbelt were young men between 16 and 30 years old.