Local Police, Troopers Start Seat Belt Campaign

POTTSTOWN PA – With Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approaching, the Pennsylvania State Police, state Department of Transportation, and municipal police departments across western Montgomery County say they will again participate in a national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign that began Monday (May 14, 2018) and continues through June 3.

“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,” according to Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol Director Major James B. Basinger.

Pennsylvania law requires drivers and passengers younger than age 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. According to PennDOT data, 378 unrestrained fatalities occurred in 2017, a decrease from 408 in 2016.

Also during the campaign, troopers certified as child passenger safety technicians will offer no-cost car seat fittings and inspections at various locations throughout the state.

In Pennsylvania, children younger than age 2 are required to be secured in a rear-facing car seat. Children younger than age 4 must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. A booster seat is required for children until age 8. A complete list of child passenger seat fitting stations is available here.

  • In Montgomery County, car seat fittings and inspections will be offered Saturday (May 19) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the state police barracks, 2047C Bridge Rd., Skippack PA. For information or to schedule an appointment, call Trooper Wright at 610-584-2832.

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