County Begins Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Monday

UNION COUNTY—The Union County Police Department will join with more than 470 police agencies in the state in this year’s “Click It Or Ticket” campaign. The nationwide program is a zero tolerance enforcement effort to increase safety belt use and prevent serious injury or death in traffic crashes. Stepped up enforcement will be conducted from May 18 to May 31.

In 2008 there were 592 traffic crash fatalities. A large percentage of the motor vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes were not wearing a safety belt. The most recent statewide survey, undertaken in June 2008, determined the seat belt usage rate in New Jersey to be 91.75 percent.

Through this two week mobilization period, law enforcement officials hope to increase that number by 1.25 percent to 93 percent.

Throughout the campaign, which is being paid for with a grand from the New Jersey Division of Highway Safety, the Union County Police Department will conduct special enforcement patrols. The patrols will focus on issuing summonses to motorist and their front seat passengers who are not complying with the Primary Seat Belt Law. Officers will also enforce the child safety restraint law as appropriate. The Primary Seat Law was enacted in May of 2001.

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