Lakewood and Howell Police Departments Receiving State Grants for the Annual “Click It or Ticket” Seat Belt Campaign

The Lakewood and Howell Township Police Departments are among 119 departments receiving grants from the state to help with the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, Attorney General Matt Platkin and the Division of Highway Traffic Safety (HTS) announced today.

The campaign, which aims to raise awareness among drivers and passengers about the lifesaving importance of wearing seat belts, will run through June 2 and will leverage grant funding from HTS to provide resources to law enforcement agencies across the state so they can step up enforcement of New Jersey’s seat belt requirements to keep drivers and passengers safe on our roadways.

This year, 119 New Jersey law enforcement agencies have received $766,010 from HTS to help pay for increased road patrols, seat belt checkpoints, and other enforcement initiatives during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

The campaign is part of HTS’s ongoing efforts to increase safety and reduce fatalities on New Jersey’s roadways. According to the most recent data from 2022, in New Jersey there were 140 unbelted fatalities, and 39 percent of all motor vehicle occupant fatalities were unrestrained compared to 44 percent nationally. And over the past five years, nearly 16 percent of all unrestrained occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes in New Jersey were between the ages of 20 and 24, compared to 13.5 percent nationally.

“Seat belts save lives – we want that message to be loud and clear. And the campaign we are announcing today will provide law enforcement agencies with resources to reinforce that basic but critical point,” said Attorney General Platkin. “As we prepare for the busy summer driving season, we are laser focused on ensuring safety on roadways across New Jersey. This starts with drivers and passengers buckling up the moment they enter a vehicle.”

Law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey take a “no-excuses” approach to seat belt compliance, with the maximum penalty of a $46 fine for a seat belt violation serving as a reminder to buckle up, every time.

Last year, law enforcement agencies participating in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign issued 6,989 seatbelt citations statewide, wrote 2,320 speeding summonses, and made 232 impaired driving arrests.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign also coincides with the “101 Days of Summer,” considered the busiest and most dangerous travel period of the year. Beautiful weather and New Jersey’s countless entertainment and recreational destinations create heavy travel demands in the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Over the next three months, HTS will continue to work closely with local, county, state, and national law enforcement agencies to make summer travel safer and strive to reduce crashes and fatalities throughout New Jersey.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. why not first taking care tickets for ignoring stop signs and reckless driving, not to mention parking violations, then deal with seat belts…..

  2. Reckless driving has to stop!!!!!
    18 yr old driving an electric car at 101 miles an hour killed a healthy wonderful elderly person and great driver.
    What is this kid getting? Getting to enjoy life????????

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