The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), Millcreek Township and City of Erie police agencies, and Buckle Up PA announced that they will participate in day and night seat belt enforcement activities as part of the “Click It or Ticket” Thanksgiving Enforcement Mobilization running from November 25 through December 8, 2019.
The goal is to reduce unbelted injuries and deaths on Pennsylvania highways through coordinated enforcement using Traffic Enforcement Zones and Roving Patrols. Traffic Enforcement Zones combine stationary enforcement and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. Citations will be issued to motorists who are caught unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children.
According to PennDOT data, there were 12,522 unrestrained crashes that resulted in 398 fatalities in 2018. In Erie County, there were 565 crashes involving unrestrained drivers or passengers that resulted in 23 fatalities in 2018. Additional crash numbers are available through the Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool online at https://crashinfo.penndot.gov/PCIT.
Motorists are reminded that Pennsylvania law requires any occupant younger than 18 to buckle up when riding in a vehicle, as well as drivers and front-seat passengers. Children under the age of two must be secured in a rear-facing car seat, and children under the age of four must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children must ride in a booster seat until their eighth birthday.
Additionally, drivers and front seat passengers 18 years old or older are required to buckle up. If motorists are stopped for a traffic violation and are not wearing their seat belt, they can receive a second ticket and a second fine.
The enforcement mobilization, which includes 275 Pennsylvania municipal agencies, supplements the national “Click It or Ticket” Mobilization which also runs through December 8, 2019. As part of the initiative, PennDOT distributes federal enforcement funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Other police agencies participating in the enforcement in the northwest region include the Greenville-West Salem, Jefferson, and City of Hermitage police departments in Mercer County and City of Franklin and Sugarcreek police departments in Venango County.
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