May 21, 2007

CONTACT: Capt. Jeff Foulks, UCPD

Union County Police Department

Union County Safety Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign
to be Conducted Locally as Part of Nationwide
Click It or Ticket” Mobilization
May 21 to June 3, 2007

From May 21- June 3, 2007, law enforcement officers throughout
New Jersey and Union County will be stepping up enforcement and education of the state’s Primary Seat Belt Law. The enforcement
and education campaign comes as part of the nationwide
Click It or Ticket mobilization.

The goal of the program is to increase the statewide safety belt usage rate to 92%. The current belt usage rate in New Jersey is 90%, and the rate has steadily risen during the last ten years.

In 2006, there were 773 motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey, including 36 in Union County. More than half of the motor vehicle occupants killed were not wearing a safety belt.

“This is a perfect opportunity to remind the drivers in Union County of the importance of wearing a seatbelt,” said Union County Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski.

Safety belt use is especially important for teens and young adults. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people age 15 to 34 in the United States.

“High visibility enforcement saves lives,” said Union County Police Chief Daniel Vaniska. “Our goal is to make sure that all motor vehicle occupants are properly restrained, on every trip.”

During the mobilization period from May 21- June 3, 2007, The Union County Police Department is planning an active period of both educational and enforcement programs. They will be distributing safety educational materials, enforcing our New Jersey occupant protection laws with zero tolerance, and as always, encouraging parents and caregivers to come have their child’s safety seats inspected at the Union County Police Fitting Station by certified child passenger safety technicians.

The County Police conduct child safety seat inspections at their Child Safety Seat Fitting Station. The fitting station has recently moved to a new location, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard, Cranford, NJ. Child safety seat inspections are held every Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM, no appointment is necessary during these times.

For more information you can contact the County Police Traffic Enforcement Unit at 908-276-3516.