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 23 to June 5, the annual initiative includes high-visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols during the day and at night.
“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Motor vehicle occupants who buckle-up increase their chances of surviving a crash by as much as 75 percent.”
For the second year in a row, the campaign will focus on rear seat passengers as well as the front seat passengers. New legislation that now requires adult rear seat passengers to be buckled up became law in 2010. Currently, adult back-seat belt use stands at only 27 percent. Furthermore, last year’s front-seat belt usage rate in New Jersey rose for the 14th consecutive year to 93.73 percent.
During the 2010 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 406 police agencies in New Jersey participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 35,671 seat belt citations. In Linden, officers issued 614 tickets.
“We’re looking for 100 compliance rate for both front and back seat passengers,” said Linden Police Traffic Bureau Commander Sergeant Michael Babulski. “Whether you are a front seat or rear seat passenger, wearing seat belts saves lives. It’s that simple.”
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