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Seat Belt Check Campaign Returns In Mid-May

About 84 percent of Pennsylvania drivers and passengers use seat belts. The state wants to raise the number

SANATOGA PA – Drivers, consider this fair warning.

  • If you’re traveling at night, or
  • you’re between the ages of 18 and 35, or
  • behind the wheel of a pick-up truck, or
  • on a road where a high number of accidents have occurred in which people failed to wear seat belts,

beginning in mid-May you can expect officers of more than 315 law enforcement agencies statewide – Lower Pottsgrove’s police department among them – to check if you’re buckled up for safety.

“Click It or Ticket” season is returning for about two weeks through early June, according to the Pennsylvania Traffic Safety Enforcement Resource Center. That’s a concerted effort, funded by the state Department of Transportation, to enforce seat belt laws. Lower Pottsgrove is due to receive a $2,800 grant for its participation in the program, police Chief Michael Foltz reported Monday (April 3, 2017) to the township Board of Commissioners.

Foltz did not indicate where, or if, his department would concentrate on specific highways or areas during the period. In the past, similar funding has paid for officers’ overtime costs incurred during the safety campaign.

Over several years state studies have determined that about 84 percent of Pennsylvania drivers and passengers use seat belts. Those who don’t, according to national statistics, often fall into the groups being targeted by next month’s enforcement. Drivers age 18 or older who are pulled over by police for another violation will receive a second ticket if they or their front-seat passengers aren’t wearing seat belts, Pennsylvania’s “Just Drive PA” website cautioned.

The state also requires any driver or passenger age 18 or younger to wear a seat belt, and that children age 8 or younger be properly restrained.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ April 3 meeting):

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