ROSELLE – Law enforcement officers from the Roselle Police Department will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and their passengers as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
Beginning on May 21 and running through June 1, the annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement, as well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts.
“At all times I urge all residents to wear seatbelts,” Mayor Jamel Holley said. “They make all the difference in the world in the unfortunate case of an accident.”
“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passenger to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highwat Traffic Safety. “In 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.”
Last year, the front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey rose for the 15th consecutive year to 94.51 percent. Poedubicky noted that while front seat belt usage rates continue to increase in New Jersey, law enforcement and safety officials want to ultimately see a 100 percent compliance rate.
“New Jersey has a strong front seat belt usage rate, but there is still work to do,” he said. “To meet our goal, we must continue both enforcement and public outreach efforts that educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up, every ride,” Poedubicky added.
Poedubicky added that the campaign will focus on rear seat passengers as well. Despite laws requiring adult back seat passengers to buckle up, adult back seat belt use stands at only 35 percent.
During the annual 2011 “Click It or Ticket” campaign, 419 police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 32,228 seat belt citations, 5,865 speeding summonses, and made 953 drunk driving arrests.
Seat belt use is especially important for teens and young adults. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 15-34 in the United States.
The Roselle Police Department received $4,000 from the Division of Highway Traffic Saftey to conduct seat belt checkpoints as well as saturation patrols during the designated mobilization.
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