State and local police are taking part in a national “Click it or Ticket” enforcement effort for the next three weeks. The campaign runs through June 10th.
Police are emphasizing the state’s new primary seat belt law for drivers and passengers under 18. It allows an officer to pull over a vehicle when they observe someone under age 18 who is obviously not buckled up.
Police will also focus some of their enforcement efforts on night time seat belt use, since nearly 300 unbuckled fatalities last year occurred between 6 pm and 6 am.
State Police spokesman Sgt Anthony Manetta says with the summer driving season quickly upon us, they want to stress to the public that the thing they can do to protect themselves the most is buckling up.
In 2011, the state had 509 unbuckled fatalities, down from 524 in 2010. But that number includes 66 teens ages 16 to 19, 32 of the victims were driving.
State Police will offer child safety seat checks. Those interested should call their local barracks.