"Respect your loved ones, your friends, your family that want you to come home safely -- all you have to do is buckle that seat belt takes about two seconds you'll come home to them and they're welcome to have you there," said safety department spokesman Dwayne Baird.
According to safety experts, people are 32 times more likely to die in a car accident if not wearing a seat belt. A few who spoke publicly attested to this fact.
"After the wreck like I know for a fact that if we weren't wearing [a seatbelt] we'd both would've been dead, like now I know I wear it whenever I go because it can happen just like that," said Mahala Britt-Crash.
More than 75 law enforcement agencies around the state will be working extra seat belt patrols.