AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Memorial Day has come and gone but beefed-up patrols aimed at ensuring Maine motorists buckle up are continuing.

Maine Highway Safety Director Lauren Stewart says 68 police agencies are sharing $226,000 in federal funding to conduct overtime patrols as part of a national effort that continues through June 1.

Stewart says the campaign is important.

She says half of last year's fatal crashes in Maine involved motorists who were not buckled up.