OCEAN TOWNSHIP:Law enforcement officers from the Township of Ocean Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national "Click it or Ticket" Life-saving campaign.
Beginning May 23 and running through June 5, the annual national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols to reiterate the life-saving value of wearing seat belts.
"Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling," said Gary Poedubicky, of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
In one year alone more than 20,000 people in the U.S. were killed in traffic crashes, with and almost half of them unrestrained by seat belts.
Key focus of this year's campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in the rear seats of vehicles. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 91.36%. However, adults riding in rear seats are only buckling up at a rate of 39%.
Police will drive home the message that all motor vehicle occupants need to buckle up during every trip, in every seating position. During the 2015 "Click it or Ticket" campaign, 372 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative.
As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,308 seat belt citations, 4,969 speeding summonses and made 833 impaired driving arrests.