‘Click It or Ticket’ effort underway

WESTPORT — State and local police are enforcing seat belt use throughout the holiday season through the state Department of Transportation’s Click It or Ticket effort.

The initiative aims to remind motorists and passengers to wear a seat belt every time they enter a vehicle, according to a news release. The state DOT has teamed up with Westport law enforcement to deploy the mobilization to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday. The campaign will run through Nov. 26.

Connecticut law requires all drivers and passengers in the front seat, regardless of the occupant’s age. Fines start at a minimum of $92 for first offense, the release said.

DMV promotes teen safe-driver video contest

The state Department of Motor Vehicles is promoting the annual DMV-Travelers Teen Safe Driving Video Contest for Connecticut high school students.

This year’s theme, “Wait — What Can We Do?” focuses on teen drivers collaborating to follow the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing laws for 16-and 17-year-olds.

Fatal crashes involving 16-and 17-year-old drivers were more than 150 percent higher when the state had more lenient teen driving laws, according to a DMV news release.

Travelers Insurance will award up to $26,000 in cash prizes to the winning students and their high schools. The contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled high school students in Connecticut, and the deadline for submissions is Dec. 17. Video contest rules and additional information can be found at ct.gov/teendriving/contest.