Beginning Today: LPD to Crack Down on Seatbelts as Part of National ‘Click It or Ticket’ Campaign

The Lakewood Police Department will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the National Click it or Ticket campaign – which begins today.From May 20 – June 2, 2013 law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and nationwide will conduct Click It or Ticket campaigns that incorporated zero-tolerance enforcement of safety belt laws with paid advertising and the support of government agencies, local coalitions and school officials to increase safety belt use and defend against one of the greatest threats to us all – serious injury or death in traffic crashes.

Click It or Ticket is a high-publicity law enforcement effort that gives people more of a reason to buckle up – the increased threat of a traffic ticket. Most people buckle up for safety. But for some people, it is the threat of the ticket that spurs them to put on a safety belt.

In Click It or Ticket programs, law enforcement agencies are asked to mobilize to focus on safety belt violations and publicize the stepped-up effort through news media and advertising. It is the two-pronged approach that makes these campaigns powerful: Not only are tickets issued to unbelted motorists, but the surrounding publicity ensures that people know they are more likely to get a ticket.

Click It or Ticket campaigns and similar efforts have increased safety belt use in cities, states and even in an entire region of the country. In New Jersey, 425 police agencies participated in the May 2012 Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization. As a result of the enforcement, police issued 29,307 seat belt citations, 4,951 speeding tickets, and made 861 drunk driving arrests. 

Also as a result, New Jersey’s seat belt usage rate currently stands at 88.29%, 3% higher that the nationwide usage rate. While the current seat belt usage rate is 6% lower than the usage rate measured in 2011, a new set of guidelines determined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2012 changed the methodology of determining seat belt usage rates, which may have contributed to the reduction of the current usage rate. [TLS]

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  1. Why is the LPD NOW cracking down on the seat belt law. It has been in existence for many years has been the NO CELLPHONE LAW? These laws should have been upheld since the laws were passed. P.S. The police have to abide by the laws as well and stay off their phones while driving.

  2. oy poor #4, you are annoyed that LPD tries to save your child’s life by enforcing the seatbelt law? Must be so annoying to strap your kids in, which is why I see you driving around town with them jumping up and down their seats.

    Here is a simple physics lesson. FORCE equals Mass times Acceleration.

    What does that mean?

    If you are driving 30 miles an hour and hit another car, wall or pole, Your 30 pound child will go flying into the windshield with 900 pounds of force! A cinderblock weighs around 30 pounds. So which would you prefer? To drop 30 cinderblocks on your kid, or drive around with no seatbelt? I ask because the damage to him would be the same either way.

    Still “annoyed” with the LPD?

  3. number 4 its National Click it or Ticket campaign , the entire country is doing this. the federal gov is giving money for the extra officers to work so not to take officers away from the town. it is a great program! wear your seatbelt and you have nothing to complain about. go get em lpd

  4. #1 and #6

    This has nothing to do with belting children which everyone agrees with.

    This is about enforcing seatbels for the driver and is another case of government mixing into the private affairs of people.

  5. What moron doesn’t wear a seat belt today. Do what you want; however, keep your children safe. And to #3 – who cares where the traps are?

  6. NJSA 39:3-76.2n provides that violation of the seatbelt law is “a secondary offense when a driver of a passenger automobile has been detained for some other suspected violation. . . . “ They cannot ticket you for not wearing a seatbelt unless they stopped you for something else.

  7. #11 A. Lang, you should learn title 39 a tad better before spreading lies

    New Jersey’s seat belt law requires the motorist, front-seat passenger and children under 18 years old to be belted (N.J.S.A. 39:3-76.2f). Non-compliance is a primary offense. A police officer can stop a motorist solely for a violation of the seat belt law. The law also expands the definition of passenger vehicle to include vans, pickup trucks and utility vehicles. Under a secondary law, all back seat occupants, 18 years of age and older, are required to buckle up. Under a secondary law, all back seat occupants, 18 years of age and older, are required to buckle up. Unbuckled back seat passengers can be issued a summons when the vehicle they are riding in is stopped for another violation.

  8. seriously, does anyone not wear a seatbelt anymore ? It’s really a habit, I can’t even drive without it

    Really, I wish they would crack down on cell phones, they can ticket almost every other car jew and non jew alike . . .

  9. With car accidents being the number one cause of death in America, why wouldn’t you wear a seatbelt? I do some ‘risky’ things, but seatbelts are a no-brainer. I felt this way even before the accident in which my seatbelt saved my life.

  10. Hey #17 … and why did “you” run that stop sign … because “you” were yacking on the phone and didn’t see it, and now for the second part … when you get t boned the seat belt may just save your life if you are wearing it.
    (You is in quote I am not implying you did anything.

    Hey TLS these math questions are getting harder…. : )

  11. why do you want to know where the traps are so you can buckle up before that location.Just buckle up and also make sure your children are safe.

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