LINDEN — Linden Police officers will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
Running from May 24 to June 6 the annual initiative includes high-visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols.
The statistics are clear – not buckling up increases the risk of being seriously-injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash, said Sgt. Michael Babulski, commander of the Linden Police Traffic Bureau.
For the first time, the campaign will focus on rear seat passengers as well. New legislation that now requires adult rear seat passengers to be buckled up became law earlier this year. Currently, adult back-seat belt use stands at 32%. Last year, the front-seat belt usage rate in New Jersey rose for the 13th consecutive year to 92.67%.
During the 2009 campaign, 443 police agencies in New Jersey?participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 41,442 seat belt citations. In Linden, officers issued 442 seat belt tickets.
All motorists should be forewarned, whether you are on our city streets or the highway, day or night, it’s “click it or ticket”. It’s a habit that can save your life,” Babulski said.
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