DANVILLE – PennDOT’s Buckle Up PA Program, the National Highway Traffic Administration and Danville police are partnering on a border to border seat belt enforcement operation as part of a Click It or Ticket mobilization from May 19 to June 8.
The operation, beginning at 6 p.m. May 19, will include 370 law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania’s effort to show drivers and passengers that drivers and passengers riding without a seat belt will result in a ticket no matter the state.
To increase safety on Pennsylvania’s roadways, state and municipal police will conduct traffic enforcement zones, traffic safety checkpoints and roving patrols to target nighttime drivers until 10 p.m. in Montour County.
The operations will be conducted day and night on highways and interstates to address low seat belt use and especially at night.
Last year, the border to border mobilization drew participation from dozens of law enforcement agencies during a four-hour morning operation. A total of 970 citations were issued for seat belt and child safety seat violations along with 735 citations issued for other traffic infractions.
This effort will supplement major enforcement mobilizations in May and June along with the Thanksgiving holiday where PennDOT distributes $1.1 million statewide in federal enforcement funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In 2012 of 21,667 people killed in accidents nationwide, 52 percent were not wearing seat belts, according to PennDOT.
There were a total of 14,436 unrestrained crashes in Pennsylvania in 2013 with 425 resulting in fatalities.