Barnegat ‘Click It of Ticket’ Campaign Under Way

May 23, 2018

Those caught driving in Barnegat Township without seat belts fastened will be ticketed under a current safety campaign.

The police department is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign, running through Sunday, June 3. Lt. Jeff Ryan said the effort utilizes high-visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols in combination with local and national publicity efforts to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts. Violators face a $46 fine.

The township received a $5,550 grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway Safety to help pay for overtime costs and extra patrols.

“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “In 2016, it is estimated that more than 14,500 lives were saved nationally by the proper use of seat belts.”

Poedubicky added that a key focus of this year’s campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front and rear seats. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 94.07 percent. However, adults riding in rear seats are buckling up at a significantly lower rate, only 48 percent in the most recent survey.

“For whatever reason, there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they don’t need to buckle up when riding as a passenger in rear seats, and this is a concern,” Poedubicky said.

During last year’s campaign, 350 New Jersey law enforcement agencies participated. As a result of the effort, officers issued 17,792 seat belt citations and 6,363 speeding summonses, and made 976 impaired driving arrests. —E.E.

 

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