FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2009

CONTACT: Wayne Avery, 908-527-4742
Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419

 

UNION COUNTY POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN
“CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN MAY 18TH-31ST

 

The Union County Police Department will join with more than 470 police agencies in the State of New Jersey in this year’s “Click It Or Ticket” campaign. The Nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign is a zero tolerance enforcement effort to increase safety belt use and prevent serious injury or death in traffic crashes. Stepped up enforcement will be conducted from May 18th to May 31st.

“All of us here in Union County want to make sure motorists and their passengers understand the dangers not wearing a seatbelt presents,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “This program will hopefully highlight the need for safety as you drive the roadways in our county.”

In 2008 there were 592 traffic crash fatalities. A large percentage of the motor vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes were not wearing a safety belt.  The most recent statewide survey, undertaken in June 2008, determined the seat belt usage rate in New Jersey to be 91.75%. Through this two week mobilization period law enforcement officials hope to increase that number by 1.25% to 93%.

Throughout the campaign, which is being paid for with a grand from the New Jersey Division of Highway Safety, the Union County Police Department will conduct special enforcement patrols.  The patrols will focus on issuing summonses to motorist and their front seat passengers who are not complying with the Primary Seat Belt Law.  Officers will also enforce the child safety restraint law as appropriate.  The Primary Seat Law was enacted in May of 2001.