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Ohio begins initiative on seatbelt enforcement

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is teaming up with troopers from five other states for a weeklong initiative on safety belt enforcement.

The patrol said the high-visibility enforcement effort begins Monday. Ohio troopers will join law enforcement from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia for the initiative.

Patrol superintendent Col. Paul Pride said wearing a safety belt is a nearly effortless way to stay safe on the road.

The patrol said 450 people died in Ohio traffic crashes while not wearing a seatbelt in 2014. In the past five years, about 61 percent of those who died in traffic accidents weren’t wearing a seatbelt.