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It can be easy to overlook the ability of the belt that can save a life.

Through March 14, UCF Police is participating in a "Click It or Ticket" campaign, along with agencies around the state, to enforce safety on the roads, especially over UCF's spring break.

Officers will keep a better eye out for unbuckled motorists, charging a $114 non-moving violation for seat belt violators, according to a press release.

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent," the release states.

UCFPD's goal with this campaign is to encourage drivers to make buckling their seat belt a habit because something as simple as buckling up can prevent serious injury and ultimately save lives.

The NHTSA said seat belts saved the lives of 12,174 drivers and passengers in 2012.

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Rachel Stuart is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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