BRIDGEPORT - The Bridgeport Police Department unveiled a campaign Thursday to keep its officers safe behind the wheel.

Police Chief Joe Gaudett told News 12 that half of police officer deaths across the nation are caused by traffic accidents, which is why they are unveiling the "Arrive Alive" program.

The program was originally developed by the NYPD and since its implementation has cut the department’s traffic accident rate in half.

Fitzgerald says the main message is to get officers to wear their seat belts, even though they are not required to under state law.

City officials tell us that 60 percent of officers killed in traffic accidents nationwide were not buckled up.