Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide
Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 23 – June 5, 2016
(Galloway) -- Law enforcement officers from the Galloway Township Police Department will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
Beginning May 23 and running through June 5, the annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts.
“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. "In 2012 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,000 lives nationwide.”
New Jersey's seat belt usage rate currently stands at 91.36%, up from 87.59% in 2014 and the highest usage rate since the 94.51% that was recorded in 2011.
Again, this year’s campaign will also focus on rear seat passengers, as well as nighttime enforcement. During evening hours seat belt usage is traditionally lower and the percentage of unbelted fatalities is higher.
During the 2015 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 372 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,308 seat belt citations, 633 child restraint citations, 4,969 speeding citations and made 833 DWI arrests.
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