COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) -- If you usually don't wear a seat belt, you might consider it this week.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and several local law enforcement agencies kick of the national Click It or Ticket campaign Monday.
"The ultimate goal is to change driver behavior and in so doing save lives on Ohio's roadways," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Vincent Shirey.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 10,335 of the people killed in crashes during 2012 were not wearing their safety belts. NHTSA estimates that 12,174 lives were saved in 2012 thanks to seat belts.
Last year, 59 percent of the people killed in Ohio crashes were not wearing a safety restraint.
"Seat belts definitely increase the odds of your survival if you're involved in a serious motor vehicle crash," said Shirey.
2013 saw the lowest number of traffic deaths in Ohio history and 2014 is trending even lower. Shirey says they want to keep it that way.
Not wearing your seat belt isn't considered a primary offense in Ohio, meaning you cannot be pulled over for it. However, Shirey says troopers are trained to look for seat belt use before they even pull you over for something else.
"We already know if you're not wearing it before we even approach the vehicle," he said.
The stepped up enforcement blitz runs through June 1.