Pen­nDOT, state and mu­nic­i­pal po­lice fo­cus on sum­mer driv­ing safety

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With Me­mo­rial Day week­end and the sum­mer travel sea­son ap­proach­ing, the Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice, Pen­nDOT, and mu­nic­i­pal de­part­ments across Penn­syl­va­nia an­nounced that they will part­ner to par­tic­i­pate in the na­tional “Click It or Ticket” seat belt en­force­ment through June 3, 2018.

Penn­syl­va­nia law re­quires driv­ers and pas­sen­gers younger than 18 to buckle up when rid­ing in a ve­hi­cle. Af­ter turn­ing 18, driv­ers and pas­sen­gers must wear a seat belt when be­hind the wheel or in the front pas­sen­ger seat. Dur­ing “Click It or Ticket,” law en­force­ment adopts a zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach to­ward violators.

As part of the en­force­ment, PSP, along with agen­cies across the east­ern half of the United States, will par­tic­i­pate in a Border-to-Border ini­tia­tive to pro­vide in­creased seat belt en­force­ment at state borders, re­in­forc­ing the states’ fo­cus on safety. Ac­cord­ing to Pen­nDOT data, 378 un­re­strained fa­tal­i­ties oc­curred in 2017, a de­crease from 408 in 2016.

“Seat belts are the first line of de­fense in the event of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle crash and buck­ling up is the num­ber one thing driv­ers and pas­sen­gers can do to keep them­selves safe in a car,” said Ma­jor James B. Basinger, di­rec­tor, Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice Bureau of Pa­trol. “Adults should wear a seat belt – ev­ery trip, ev­ery time – and en­sure chil­dren are prop­erly buck­led in an ap­pro­pri­ate child pas­sen­ger safety seat.”

Dur­ing “Click It or Ticket,” troop­ers cer­ti­fied as Child Pas­sen­ger Swafety Tech­ni­cians will of­fer no-cost car seat fit­tings and in­spec­tions at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out the state. In Penn­syl­va­nia, chil­dren un­der the age of two are re­quired to be se­cured in a rear-fac­ing car seat. Chil­dren un­der the age of four must be re­strained in an ap­proved child safety seat. A booster seat is re­quired for chil­dren until their eighth birth­day.

A com­plete list of child pas­sen­ger seat fit­ting sta­tions is avail­able at www.psp.pa.gov.

“The con­sis­tent use of seat belts and child pas­sen­ger safety seats save lives,” said Pen­nDOT Sec­re­tary Les­lie S. Richards. “Through con­tin­ued en­force­ment and ed­u­ca­tion, we hope to see more peo­ple tak­ing the sim­ple step of buck­ling up and fewer fa­tal crashes on Penn­syl­va­nia’s roads.”

The efforts of Pen­nDOT and PSP will be sup­ported by the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion with na­tional ad­ver­tis­ing that airs across TV, ra­dio, in­ter­net, and so­cial me­dia to con­vey the mes­sage that of­fi­cers are out en­forc­ing seat belt laws. The ads, air­ing in English and Span­ish, are de­signed to gen­er­ate awareness of stepped-up en­force­ment of seat belt laws and the in­creased chance of get­ting a ticket if you’re not buck­led up.

For more in­for­ma­tion on seat belt safety visit, www.pen­ndot. gov/safety.

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