EDISON — Law enforcement officers from the Edison Police Department will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and their passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
Beginning May 20 and running through June 2, the annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts.
“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. “In 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.”
Last year, the front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey declined for the first time in 15 years to 88.29%. Poedubicky noted the goal for 2013 is to increase the usage rate above 90%. “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,” he said.
Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan stated that “we will be stepping up our enforcement efforts of all traffic laws as part of the two week campaign to improve the safety for all our motorists and pedestrians alike.”
During the 2012 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 425 police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 29,307 seat belt citations, 4,951 speeding summonses and made 861 drunk driving arrests.
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