Memorial Day: Troopers, Local Police Focus on Seat Belts

HARRISBURG PA – Pennsylvania State Police and municipal police departments across the commonwealth, including several in western Montgomery, eastern Berks, and northern Chester counties expect to focus on seat belt safety during the Memorial Day Weekend and beyond, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said Thursday. They’ll operate “Click It or Ticket” patrols through June 5 (Sunday), it reported.

State-wide, more than 400 municipal agencies will participate in the enforcement campaign and education initiative. They intend to help reduce unbelted injuries and deaths on all Pennsylvania roadways. PennDOT said it is using federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to cover overtime and related costs of local departments’ involvement.

“Seat belts save lives,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian explained. “Through continued enforcement and education, we hope to see more people buckling up and fewer fatal crashes on Pennsylvania’s roads.”

Pennsylvania law requires occupants younger than 18 to buckle up when riding in a vehicle, as well as drivers and front-seat passengers. Children younger than 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat; those younger than 4 must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. All children younger than 8 must ride in a booster seat.

Assigned patrols can be expected to adopt a zero-tolerance approach toward violators, PennDOT noted.

State police data from the 2021 four-day Memorial Day weekend shows troopers investigated 844 crashes that resulted in eight fatalities and 183 injuries. Troopers also cited 1,025 individuals for not wearing seat belts, and issued 144 tickets for not securing children in safety seats.

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