'Click It Or Ticket' Starts In South Brunswick; Added Patrols To Check Seatbelts

South Brunswick Police has begun an effort to monitor seat belt usage as part of a national effort.

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Lasting through June 1, South Brunswick officers has added saturation patrols to area roadways to increase awareness and enforcement of the need to buckle up. The national campaign called “Click it or Ticket” has been credited with raising seatbelt usage nationwide over the last decade, according to police.

“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. "In 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.”

South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “Increasing seatbelt usage and saving lives is our primary focus of this effort. In 2013, two people, who were passengers, were killed in crashes in South Brunswick because they were not wearing seatbelts. These were preventable deaths if they had simply been wearing a seatbelt. While seatbelt usage rates has increased for drivers, we need to get the message across to passengers as well”.

The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 91%. Poedubicky noted that the goal for this year’s campaign is to increase the statewide rate to 92 percent. “To meet our goal, we must continue both enforcement and public outreach efforts that educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up, every ride,” he said.

The campaign will focus on rear seat passengers, as well. Despite laws requiring adult back seat passengers to buckle up, adult back seat belt use stands at only 44 percent.

During the 2013 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 422 police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,049 seat belt citations, 4,895 speeding summonses and made 860 drunk driving arrests.

The annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts



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