The Secaucus Police Department and its officers are joining with police nationwide in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
Starting May 22 through June 4, the annual “Click It or Ticket” mobilization utilizes high visibility seatbelt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to emphasize the life-saving value of seatbelts.
According to Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, using a seatbelt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to
protect themselves when traveling.
“In 2015, it was estimated that 14,000 lives were saved nationally by the proper use of seatbelts,” Poedubicky says.
He added that a key focus of this year’s campaign is to promote adult seatbelt usage in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front AND rear seats. The front seatbelt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 93.35%.
But adults riding in rear seats are buckling up at a significantly lower rate.
“For whatever reason there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they don’t need to buckle up when riding as a passenger in rear seats and this is a concern,” Poedubicky says.
The 2016 “Click it or Ticket” saw 387 New Jersey police agencies participating in the two-week initiative.
As a result of the effort, 26,551 seatbelt citations were issued by law enforcement officers, as well as 5,517 speeding summonses and 876 impaired driving arrests.