PARSIPPANY — Law enforcement officers from the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
Beginning Monday, May 20 and running through Sunday, June 2, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts.
During the 2018 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 357 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 19,659 seat belt citations, 4,437 speeding summonses and made 661 impaired driving arrests.
Why Buckle Up?
-Studies show seat belts do save lives and reduce injuries during crashes.
-Seat belts work with air bags to protect occupants. Air bags alone are not enough to safeguard occupants.
-In New Jersey, an average of 131 unrestrained motor vehicle drivers and passengers are killed in crashes each year.
-Seat belts saved almost 15,000 lives during 2017 in the United States.
-Seat belt use in 2017 reached 89.6 percent, a significant increase from 84 percent in 2011 in the United States.
-In 2017, 37,133 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. Forty-seven percent were unrestrained at the time of the crash
-More than 1,500 unbuckled motor vehicle occupants died on New Jersey’s roadways in the past 10 years.
-NHTSA has estimated that child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54 percent for toddlers (ages 1 to 4 years) in passenger cars.