The Ohio Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to buckle up.
The warning comes after records indicate that six of the 12 people killed this year on Van Wert and Paulding county roads who were not wearing seat belts.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 340 lives were saved in Ohio and 11,949 were saved nationwide in 2011 as a direct result of motorists buckling up.
Recent safety belt surveys conducted in the area show voluntary compliance usage rates for drivers are below 90 percent and 85 percent or less for passenger.
The Ohio Highway Patrol is asking drivers and passengers to take their safety into their own hands by buckling up for every trip no matter how short it might be.
Officers say they will be out strictly enforcing the safety belt law with a zero tolerance for those that fail to wear them.