WELLSBORO, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Highway Safety Network (HSN), Safe Kids Tioga County, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and the Wellsboro Police Department met on May 23, 2019 at Laurel Health Systems in Wellsboro to highlight seat belt safety as part of a national “Click It or Ticket” Seat Belt Enforcement initiative running through June 2, 2019.
The goal is to reduce unbelted injuries and deaths on Pennsylvania highways through coordinated enforcement using Traffic Enforcement Zones and Roving Patrols. Traffic Enforcement Zones combine stationary enforcement and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. Citations will be issued to motorists who are caught unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children.
During the event, nationally certified child passenger safety technicians held a free Car Seat Clinic. Parents and caregivers were able to have their child’s safety seat inspected and received instructions on how to install and use the seat correctly.
Chris Lengle, Program Coordinator with Buckle Up PA spoke at the event. “This project was created to change the behaviors of unbelted occupants and decrease traffic related injuries and fatalities.”
According to PennDOT data there were 14,309 unrestrained crashes that resulted in 378 fatalities and 911 suspected serious injuries in Pennsylvania during 2017.
Pennsylvania law requires drivers and passengers younger than 18 to buckle up when riding in a vehicle. After turning 18, drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt when behind the wheel or in the front passenger seat. Children under the age of two must be secured in a rear-facing car seat, and children under the age of four must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children must ride in a booster seat until their eighth birthday.
The effort, which includes 350 Pennsylvania municipal agencies, supplements the national “Click It or Ticket” Mobilization which runs through June 2, 2019. As part of the initiative, PennDOT distributes federal enforcement funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more information on seat belt safety, visit PennDOT.gov/Safety.