Somerset Hills police join 'Click it or Ticket' campaign

Casey Dawson
May 17, 2018

State and local law enforcement are working to improve this ranking by stepping up enforcement to crack down on motorists who aren't wearing their seat belts as part of the Click it. Among the nearly 34,000 people injured in crashes in Oklahoma during 2016, 2,500 were not restrained. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey now stands at 94.07 percent.

Officers stress this campaign is not about writing more tickets but saving more lives.

"For whatever reason, there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they don't need to buckle up when riding as a passenger in rear seats, and this is a concern", he said.

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State laws requires motorists to wear seatbelts and children to be properly restrained in auto seats or booster seats.

In an effort to increase seat belt usage in Eastern Washington, 150 law enforcement agencies throughout the state will participate in this 17th annual Click it or Ticket campaign. In 2016 alone, seat belts saved 14,668 lives nationwide. Slightly less than 94 percent of drivers in Spokane County use their seat belts. In Kansas, 56 percent of 18-to-34-year old occupants killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts in 2017.

"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. That's why NHTSA's Click It or Ticket campaign focuses nationally on safety education, enforcement of seat belt laws and officers raising awareness that seat belts save lives. If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket, not a warning.

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