3-Week Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign in West Chester

seat beltBeginning May 16, 2016, 87 police departments throughout southeastern Pennsylvania are taking part in a seat belt enforcement effort. Police departments from Montgomery County, Bucks County, Delaware County, and Chester County, including West Chester, will be monitoring highways for drivers and passengers who don’t buckle up.

“The enforcement, coupled with educational outreach efforts, aims to increase seat-belt use and raise awareness of the state’s primary law stating all vehicle occupants under 18 years old must wear a seat belt. Drivers and front-seat passengers over 18 years old who are cited for another traffic violation will receive a second ticket if they’re unbuckled,” PennDOT said.

Click It or Ticket

The Click It or Ticket campaign will run through June 5 and include Memorial Day Weekend. Violators will be issued tickets of up to $75. Law enforcement will be especially focused on roadways with high numbers of unbelted crashes. PennDOT information tells us that wearing your seat belt can increase your chance of surviving a car crash by 60%.

According to PennDOT data, there were 3,440 crashes in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in 2015 in which people were not wearing seat belts, with 64 people dying in those crashes. The reported seat belt use rate in Pennsylvania decreased in 2015 to the lowest rate since 2005.

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