The Bristol Borough Police Department announced this week that are taking part in the annual “Click It or Ticket” Seat Belt Enforcement initiative.
The campaign started Monday and runs through June 4 with the aim of reducing unbelted injuries and fatalities on roadways and highways through coordinated enforcement efforts between multiple agencies.
Through the participation of the Bristol Borough Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the Click It or Ticket initiative, authorities are striving to create safer roadways by increasing seat belt usage and ensuring the protection of all vehicle occupants.
Motorists are strongly encouraged to buckle up and drive responsibly during the enforcement period and beyond.
The Click It or Ticket initiative will employ various strategies, including traffic enforcement zones and roving patrols, to ensure compliance with seat belt laws.
Police and PennDOT officials said traffic enforcement zones will be set up in areas with high rates of unbuckled crashes, combining stationary enforcement and checkpoint tactics.
Motorists caught driving without a seat belt or transporting unrestrained children will be issued citations.
Recent state data revealed a concerning number of crashes involving occupants not wearing seat belts.
In 2022 alone, there were 12,672 such crashes in the state, resulting in 378 fatalities.
Pennsylvania law mandates that drivers and passengers who are 18 years and older must wear a seat belt while operating or riding in a vehicle’s front passenger seat. Failure to comply can result in a ticket. Furthermore, if a driver over the age of 18 is pulled over for another violation, they will receive an additional ticket if they or their front-seat passengers are not wearing seat belts.
For individuals under the age of 18, Pennsylvania’s Primary Seat Belt Law requires the use of seat belts in all seating positions. Additionally, drivers under 18 are prohibited from operating a vehicle if the number of passengers exceeds the available seat belts.
The state’s Primary Child Passenger Safety Law addresses the proper restraint of children in vehicles. Children under the age of 4 must be secured in an approved child safety seat, regardless of their position in the vehicle. Furthermore, children under the age of 2 must be placed in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the maximum weight or height recommended by the manufacturer. Children must then transition to an appropriate booster seat until their eighth birthday.
The enforcement funding for the Click It or Ticket initiative is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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