Today: LPD Begins Click It Or Ticket Campaign

click it or ticketThe following has been sent to TLS by Police Chief Rob Lawson: Law enforcement officers from the Lakewood Police Department will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and their passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign. Beginning today, May 24 and running through June 6, 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 lifesaving value of seat belts. “Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a motorist and his or her passengers to protect themselves when on the road,” said Pam Fischer, Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “Motor vehicle occupants who buckle-up are between 45 and 75 percent less likely to face life threatening injuries in a car crash.”

Last year, the front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey rose for the 13th  consecutive year to 92.67%. Fischer noted that while front seat belt usage rates continue to increase in New Jersey, law enforcement and safety officials will not rest until the state achieves a 100 percent compliance rate. “New Jersey has one of the strongest front seat belt usage rates in the nation, but our work isn’t done,” Fischer said. “To meet our goal, we must continue to focus on enforcement and public outreach efforts to educate motorists and their passengers about the critical importance of buckling up, every ride.” Fischer added that for the first time, the campaign will focus on rear seat passengers as well.

New legislation requiring adult rear seat passengers to buckle up became law earlier this year.

Currently, adult back seat belt use stands at 32 percent. During the 2009 Click it or Ticket” campaign, 443
police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers
issued 41,442 seat belt citations, 6,833 speeding summonses and made 866 drunk driving arrests.

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  1. How about LPD focuses on a crime in lakewood(maybe stopping crime doesn’t generate revenues as much as writing tickets for belts hmmmm…..) Way too many shootings , way too many stabbings way too many burglaries. And also a question: are they going to ticket adults who don’t ware seatbelts in the back seat?

  2. # 1 Its a National Campaign funded by federal funds to enforce seat belt violations. This does not affect normal day to day crime fighting. seat belts save lives, don’t be a pin head, just wear your belt and obey the traffic laws.

  3. Why should I, as a driver, get a ticket when my adult passenger refuses to wear a seat belt (a close relative, who I can’t tell what to do)?

  4. Why shouldi have to pay the state if I don’t want to wear a seatbelt? Because its not safe? What’s next motorcycle’s will be ilegal because they don’t have seatbelts? I as a adult think I should be allowed to make a coice to wear a seatbelt this is just a money makeing law. LIVE and LET LiVE its a free country (or used to be)

  5. To #1 pay attention, the state just passed a law that says everyone in the vehicle must wear their seatbelt front or back seat no matter what the age.

  6. i am pretty sure they cant stop you for a back seat ticket alone it has to be for something else and back seat ticket secondary. And btw I agree with no 5 it is none of the gov buissness if i wear a seat belt every body is allowed to make his own safety descisions. Soon they will start telling us how much food to eat and what kind of cars to drive , and will all be under the title of safety

  7. I say, let the people who don’t want to wear a seat belt alone. If they want to lessen their survival chances in an accident, let them.

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