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Thursday, May 20, 2010

‘Click It or Ticket’

PennDOT, State Police to Conduct Seat Belt Enforcement by Air, Land
Hundreds of Municipal Police Departments to Join ‘Click It or Ticket’ Effort


Harrisburg – PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police will be introducing the Air, Land and Speed campaign as part of this year’s Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement effort, which runs from May 24 to June 13.

The Air, Land and Speed campaign will feature the State Police Aerial Reconnaissance and Enforcement (SPARE) program, which uses aircraft to clock motorists’ speed and then radio to troopers on the ground to make the traffic stop. Approximately 450 municipal police departments will supplement the SPARE operations with traditional traffic enforcement along targeted roadways.

“Not wearing a seat belt continues to be one of the leading factors related to injuries and fatalities on Pennsylvania highways,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “With the significant amount of traffic that we anticipate for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, this is a perfect time to remind motorists to take an extra few seconds and buckle up.”

According to PennDOT, unrestrained fatalities dropped to a record-low of 451 in 2009, down from 567 in 2008. The 451 fatalities are the lowest since PennDOT began keeping records of that information in 1985.

Despite this decrease, nighttime seat belt use continues to be a major area of concern. More than half of all unbelted fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., including 139 between 10 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. To emphasize the importance of buckling up at all times, police will be dedicating the final week of the campaign to nighttime enforcement.

“Public safety is our number one priority,” said State Police Commissioner Col. Frank E. Pawlowski. “Partnering with PennDOT and officers from municipalities across the state, troopers will enforce traffic laws that focus on speed and the use of restraint systems. The unique approach provided by the Air, Land and Speed campaign allows for varied resources to be used to protect citizens.”

Under Pennsylvania’s seat belt law, all front seat passengers are required to buckle up. If motorists are stopped for a traffic violation and not wearing their seat belt, they can receive a second ticket and second fine.

The state's primary child passenger safety law requires children under the age of four to be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat anywhere in the vehicle. Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat when riding anywhere in a motor vehicle. In addition, children ages 8 to 18 must be in a seat belt when riding anywhere in the vehicle.

“Driving within the posted speed limit and ensuring you and all passengers are properly restrained is not only a good idea, it’s the law. And we will be vigilant in ensuring those laws are followed,” said Pawlowski.

Last year, state and local police departments issued more than 6,600 seat belt citations and more than 400 child safety seat violations. Research has shown that wearing a seat belt can increase your chances of survival by up to 60 percent if you are involved in a crash.

More information on seat belt safety can be found at www.DriveSafePA.org, click on “Traffic Safety Information Centers” at the top, then “Seat Belts.”

10 comments :

Anonymous said...

I'm all for seatbelt safety, especially in children. I'm pretty much a carseat nazi. However everytime I read the child restraint regulations and how they are going to crack down, I almost have to laugh because I can never stop thinking about how children are (or rather, keyword: AREN'T) restrained in a a school bus. Yikes. As much as I hate the double standard, I hate even more that we put thousands of childrens lives on the line everyday because of it.

Anonymous said...

This speeding campaign is a joke. I travel I-80 just about every day, and routinely see motorists blasting through radar at 75 and 80mph and the patrol officer never even blinks an eyelash.

Anonymous said...

Why are you talking about speeding on I-80 when this is about seatbelt safety? If you would read the law on how fast a vehicle has to be going in eache speed limit zone you might understand it better. Officers have rules they have to follow also.. I do agree with the School Bus comment. I will never understand that one I guess.

Anonymous said...

hey 5:38.... DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!

IgnoranceKills said...

What part of "The Air, Land and Speed campaign will feature the State Police Aerial Reconnaissance and Enforcement (SPARE) program, which uses aircraft to clock motorists’ speed and then radio to troopers on the ground to make the traffic stop. Approximately 450 municipal police departments will supplement the SPARE operations with traditional traffic enforcement along targeted roadways" did you not understand? No wonder the roads aren't safe to travel on anymore....

Anonymous said...

When are they going to do a monthly thing on drug dealers, illegal aliens,, etc,,,,it's pretty pathetic when all they do is put most of their efforts into traffic law breakers when there's so much worse things out there they should be focusing on.

Anonymous said...

Amen 8:01!

Anonymous said...

tell them to spray for those worms while there up there

Anonymous said...

10:53:00 AM
I agree, but guess they still "owe" for last years spraying so probable no spraying will be done this year!

Probable Fast Eddie used the money in Pitts and Philly on something more important than paying what was owed to the company that sprayed last year! We are North of 80 after all who cares about all our trees and vegetation?!?

Anonymous said...

The cops need to do checkpoints at our local libraries and super markets to check for stolen stuff. I'm sick and tired of thieves stealing books magazines and newspapers from our libraries. I'm also tired of crooks getting food for free that I got to pay for. I bet that they don't want to catch one of there own or one of the bigshot locals. It needs to stop!