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Get 'caught' wearing your seatbelt, get free Chic-Fil-A

(WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) and Chick-fil-A restaurants have kicked off its Buckle Up, South Carolina! and Click'n 4 Chicken safety belt campaigns as law enforcement prepares for the busy summer travel season.

Get “caught” wearing your seatbelt and get a coupon for a free grilled chicken sandwich or frozen lemonade.

More than 70 Chick-fil-A restaurants statewide have provided 55,000 coupons to be distributed by troopers at safety events and while they are on routine patrol. However, troopers will not make a traffic stop for the purpose of giving motorists a coupon.

From May 13 until Labor Day, SCDPS and local law enforcement agencies will step up enforcement of South Carolina's primary seat belt law as part of the Buckle Up, South Carolina. The enforcement period will last from May 18 to May 31.

For three years in a row, South Carolina has experienced over a 90 percent safety belt compliance rate, but the number of unbelted fatalities remains high.

As of May 12 this year, there have been 306 highway fatalities compared to 267 on the same date in 2014; 109 of the 224 people with access to safety belts died unrestrained.

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