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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS PA TO CONDUCT SEATBELT ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES

Seatbelt Mini-cades to be conducted on the afternoon of May 21

As part of Pennsylvania’s 2009 Click It or Ticket initiative, police departments throughout the region will participate in a coordinated effort to conduct seatbelt checks on the afternoon of May 21.

The May 21 coordinated effort is part of the Click It or Ticket mobilization running from May 18 – June 7. More than 450 municipal police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police plan to participate in this initiative
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Under Click It or Ticket, a motorist who is stopped and cited for a traffic violation will receive a second ticket and second fine for not buckling up. In addition, PennDOT reminds motorists there are three seat belt violations that are primary offenses:

• Drivers are responsible for securing children from birth to age four in an approved child safety seat.
• A driver who is under the age of 18 may not operate a vehicle where the number of passengers exceeds the number of available seat belts.
• Federal law requires commercial vehicle operators to wear a seat belt.

Last year in Pennsylvania, 567 of the 1,468 crash fatalities were drivers or passengers
who did not use a seatbelt. In addition, 65% of nighttime fatalities were unbuckled.

Encouraging seat belt use is one of the primary messages of PennDOT’s new Drive Safe PA campaign, which reminds motorists to avoid life-threatening behaviors behind the wheel. Through Drive Safe PA, PennDOT aims to save at least 100 or more lives on the state’s roads each year. For more information on Drive Safe PA, contact the PennDOT Press Office at RA-penndotpress@state.pa.us.

9 comments :

Anonymous said...

Sure, make it illegal for me not to be buckled up but surrounded by airbags but let's allow motorcylists to ride around free and helmetless. They claim it is a freedom of choice. I would still choose to use my seatbelt but it should be a choice just as wearing a helmet has become. I don't understand the lawmakers sometimes.

Anonymous said...

I agree, how can we be forced to wear a seatbelt, yet allowed to choose a helmet?? whatever the reason $ would be the motive for both!

Anonymous said...

It's the insurance companies. Motorcyclists are more likely to be killed in accidents where they were not wearing helmets instead of permanently damaged for life if they are wearing helmets, therefore saving the insurance companies tons of money by paying out one death claim instead of years and years money to provide long term care for a permanently injured motorcylists. The insurance companies don't want these people using helmets.

Anonymous said...

How very very right all 3 posts are!

We should have the freedom of choice! and in more areas than just seatbelt law!

I'm going to a PROCHOICE rally next week and I'm going to ask all those women who support abortion on the basis of freedom of choice why they are not lobbying for other freedoms of choice!!!! I bet most of them oppose the legalization of marijuana!

I know, somewhat off topic, but it really irritates me that they use "freedom of choice" to defend killing innocent babies.

And what freedom of choice do these innocent unborn children have??? tell me that!

Mr Sarcastic said...

I believe in freedom of choice also!!! I now choose not to obey any of the state laws set forth to watch out for my safety. So when you see my car weaving down the road while I'm talking on my cell phone and polishing off the last beer in my 12 pack while trying to flick my cigarette butt out the window, please give me room because I choose to do this.......it is my right....

Anonymous said...

I hate booster seats!

I am a grand parent and those darn things do not make any sense to me what so ever! Why in the heck would you want your child/grand child raised up in their seat with a seat belt around the seat and not them?! Dumbest thing I have ever heard of

I would feel safer with their butt in the seat and the belt around them, not some piece of plastic!

Anonymous said...

Don't worry Potter County local police won't participate in this. Our District Attorney isn't aggressive enough to go for grant money to fund this project.

Anonymous said...

Are they going to be checking to see if all our kids are wearing their seatbelts in the school buses?
Oh that’s right, they don’t have to wear them when they in a bus.

Anonymous said...

10:34 Don't worry, we have plenty of local cops that take the law into their own hands, you know, the ones above performing their jobs by the law....they don't need a grant, they just need to hope that you don't get an attorney that is smart enough to see that your civil rights were broken!