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Click it or ticket enforcement in Western MA

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About 36 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday weekend and police are out in full force to ensure that everyone is safe.

Whether in Amherst or Palmer, police across Western Massachusetts are making sure you are driving safely this holiday weekend, and with a seat belt.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a grant out to local and state police known to many as click it or ticket.

It allows officers to go out in the community and perform primarily traffic enforcement.

"Just get out there and educate drivers about speed limits and wearing their seat belt and the importance of that," said Palmer police officer Christopher Burns. 

CBS 3 got a first-hand look at the enforcement and rode along with patrolman Phil Feliciano in Amherst. Of the 14 stops he made in three hours, two drivers were not wearing seatbelts.

"The majority of the time the people have their seatbelts on," Feliciano said. 

He handed warnings to both drivers without their seat belts on and says this campaign helps remind drivers to be safe.

"Grant or no grant you are always looking to make sure they are wearing their seat belts and making sure everybody stays safe," he said. 

The campaign runs through the holiday weekend. Police are prepared for busier roadways, higher traffic volume and more calls for service.

With Memorial Day weekend approaching the department has put on traffic enforcement patrols.

"Primarily registered guys on the street who are looking for motor vehicle infractions, stop and educate the public and remind them to have a safe holiday and act responsibly," Burns said. 

The heaviest traffic this weekend was expected Friday and for Monday afternoon.

And if you're traveling late at night over the holiday, almost 20 MassDOT service plazas will be serving free coffee from 10 p.m. Monday through 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

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