State Click It Or Ticket Campaign Starts May 20 With Border To Border Kickoff Event

NY PA police officersTri-State Area State & Local Law Enforcement partner for Border to Border Campaign to promote increased seat belt usage.

As an integral part of this year’s national Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign, which will take place May 20 through June 2, 2019, Tri-State area state and local law enforcement officers from the New York State Police, Port Jervis City Police, Town of Deerpark Police (New York), Eastern Pike Regional Police and Pennsylvania State Police will be teaming up with law enforcement nationwide for a Border to Border (B2B) kickoff event to increase seatbelt usage in the Tri-State area.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is asking all states to participate in B2B, a one-day national seat belt awareness event on May 20, which is coordinated by participating state highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons. The B2B program aims to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt enforcement and providing seat belt fact sheets for drivers at heavily traveled, highly visible state border checkpoints.

According to NHTSA, in 2017, there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign and the B2B kickoff event is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.

The Border to Border component of the Click It or Ticket campaign is so important because it raises awareness about seat belt safety during the time period when seat belts are least used. With an increased number of cars flooding the streets due to the Memorial Day holiday, it’s imperative we get the word out about the importance of seat belt safety.

Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2017, more than half (51%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 39 percent were not buckled up.

The Orange County Traffic Safety/ Stop DWI and the Orange County Traffic Safety Board encourages all adults especially parents to lead by example.  Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.

Compared with other age groups, teens have among the lowest rates of seat belt use. In 2017 with only 59% of high school students reported they always wear seat belts when riding as passengers.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation want to send a “Zero Tolerance” message to motorists that driving or riding without a seat belt will result in a ticket, no matter the state.

If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving, we’ll consider our mission to be a success. If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. Help us spread this lifesaving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up—every trip, every time.

Dedicated grant funding for seat belt enforcement patrols is provided by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s Buckle Up New York Campaign financed through the Police Traffic Services/BUNY Grant, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Buckle Up Pennsylvania Highway Safety Network and the National Highway Safety Administration.

For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.