The annual Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign has begun, according to state and local law enforcement officials.
State police and local police agencies will used marked and unmarked squad cars, checkpoints and roving details to patrol for unbelted drivers and front-seat passengers, according to an announcement by the
Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
State law allows officers to pull drivers over specifically for a seat belt violation. The program began today and will run through June 2, the announcement added.
All front-seat passengers are required to wear a seat belt.
All back-seat passengers under the age of 16 also must be properly restrained, though law enforcement personnel highly recommend all back-seat passengers wear a seat-belt, regardless of age.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,076 people who were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2017 were not wearing seat-belts. Roughly 55-percent of those fatalities occurred at night, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The proper restraints reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent for front-seat passengers.
Violators of the state’s seat belt laws face potential fines of up to $50 as well as court fees and surcharges, according to the state Department of Motor