A holiday weekend is coming up and Pennsylvania State Police are launching a campaign in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds people to buckle up. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign will run from May 23rd through June 5th.
State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan has instructed troopers to adopt a zero tolerance policy toward violations of Pennsylvania’s seat belt and child passenger safety restraint laws.
Noonan says “with heavy traffic expected for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, it’s crucial we encourage drivers now to make sure that all passengers are properly restrained whenever they travel.”
Spokesman Jack Lewis the goal is not to write tickets, but to get more people to buckle up. He says the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimates the current seat belt usage rate at 88%. Lewis says that means 12 out of every 100 people are not using their seat belts.
Troopers will be offering free child safety seat inspections in conjunction with the special enforcement period. They will teach parents how to correctly install and use safety seats.
State Police conducted voluntary inspections in September during Child Passenger Safety Week and found the majority were not installed properly. State Police say a little over 500 were checked that week and 75% of them had a problem.
For the locations and times of the free child safety seat inspections over the next two weeks, go to http://www.psp.state.pa.us/.
To learn more about Pennsylvania’s seat belt and child safety seat laws, visit http://www.buckleuppa.org/.