Police Step Up Seat Belt Law Enforcement

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UNION COUNTY—Law enforcement officers from the Union County Police Department will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and their passengers as part of the National “Click It or Ticket Campaign”.

Beginning May 19 and running through June 1, county police and local police agencies throughout Union County will conduct a zero tolerance seat belt enforcement campaign and will issue tickets to motorists who are not buckled up. This high publicity law enforcement effort gives people more of a reason to buckle-up, the threat of a traffic ticket. Most people will buckle-up for safety but for some, it is the threat of the ticket that convinces them to buckle their seat belt.

“According to statistics, motor vehicle occupants who buckle-up are between 45 and 75 percent less likely to face life threatening injuries in a car crash. We want to make sure all of our residents, and those traveling on our Union County roadways are as safe as possible. So we are happy to participate in this campaign,” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada.

Last year, the seat belt usage rate in New Jersey rose for the 11th consecutive year to 91.4%. While seat belt usage continues to increase in New Jersey, law enforcement and safety officials will not rest until the state achieves a 100 percent compliance rate.

Nationally, between 1975 and 2000, seat belts have prevented 135,000 fatalities and 3.8 million injuries, saving $585 billion in medical and other costs. Seat belt use is particularly critical for teens and young adults, with motor vehicle crashes cited as the leading cause of death for people age 15 to 34 in the United States.

Tickets are a strong deterrent and the results are meaningful, fewer deaths on our roads. In last year’s statewide campaign, 58,170 seat belt summonses were issued in New Jersey, along with 1,099 child restraint summonses.Police agencies in Union County issued 2,811 seat belt citations.


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