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Vt., NY police board Lake Champlain ferry to reinforce safe driving

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Police on both sides of Lake Champlain are reminding drivers to buckle up or pay the price.

The Grand Isle ferry takes drivers from Vermont to New York and back. Monday night, police officers and other officials from the neighboring states took their cruisers for a cruise.

It's all part of the "Click it or Ticket" campaign which launched from the ferry dock. Law enforcement officers from Vermont and New York joined forces to remind people that buckling seat belts is a vital safety measure. The two states have different laws when it comes to punishing people who fail to wear their seat belts, but officers on both sides of Lake Champlain say safety has no borders.

"I think we've had 22 or 23 fatals so far. Out of those, eight hadn't been wearing seat belts," said Sgt. Allen Fortin of the Shelburne Police Department.

"Risk takers are out more in the evening and not wearing belts, so we want to encourage people to wear belts not only during the day but in the evening, as well," said Charles DeWeese, New York Safety Committee assistant commissioner.

Officials from both states say wearing your seat belt could mean the difference between life and death.

And with Memorial Day weekend coming up, officers say they'll be conducting checkpoints and other stops warning drivers to take extra caution on the roads.

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