ROSELLE PARK - Local law enforcement will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers today in Roselle Park.

The national "Click it or Ticket" campaign begins today and continues through June 1.

The initiative includes high-visibility seat belt checkpoints and a media campaign to remind drivers and passengers to use seat belts.

Seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide in 2010.

Front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 91 percent. Officials hope to increase that to 92 percent.

Despite laws requiring that passengers in the back seat buckle up, that average stands only at 44 percent.

News 12 witnessed several motorists get pulled over for not wearing a seat belt Monday morning. Paul Morrison, chief of the Roselle Park police, says the department sees it as a life-saving effort.

During the 2013 "Click it or Ticket" campaign, law enforcement officers issued 26,049 seat belt citations, 4,895 speeding summonses and made 860 drunken-driving arrests.