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PennDOT, Police Partnering for National Seat-Belt Enforcement.

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — PennDOT will
partner with more than 600 law enforcement agencies and the
State Police

 to participate in a national “Click It or Ticket”
seat-belt enforcement effort from today, May 20, through June 9.

The effort will focus largely on nighttime enforcement, using
traffic safety checkpoints and roving patrols. Police will also use
Traffic Enforcement Zones, which combine roving patrol and checkpoint
tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes.

“As the start of the summer travel season approaches, I
strongly encourage everyone to buckle up every time, no matter how far
you’re traveling,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said.
“The majority of crashes happen within 25 miles from home, and you
are 60 percent more likely to survive a crash if you’re buckled

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 PennDOT data, 503 people died last year in unbelted
crashes, a decrease from 509 such fatalities in 2011. The total number
of crashes in which people were not wearing seat belts also decreased to
15,528, compared to 16,298 in 2011.

The majority of enforcement will occur at night, as 275 unbuckled
fatalities occurred last year between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Of those, 170
occurred between 10 p.m. and 2:59 a.m.

“With heavy traffic expected for the Memorial Day holiday
weekend, it’s crucial that we encourage drivers now to make sure
that all passengers are properly restrained whenever they travel,”
State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. “I’m again
directing our troopers to adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward
violations of the state’s seat belt and child passenger restraint
laws during this campaign period.”

Motorists are reminded that Pennsylvania’s primary seat-belt
law requires drivers and passengers under 18 years old to buckle up, and
children under the age of four must be properly restrained in an
approved child safety seat. Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in
an appropriate
booster seat

1. A car seat for a small child that lifts the child by several inches, designed for use with an adult seat belt.

2. A seat placed on top of the seat of a chair, used to elevate a small child at a table.
. In addition, children ages 8 to 18 must be
must be in a seat belt when riding anywhere in the vehicle.

Also, drivers and front-seat passengers 18 years-old or older are
required to buckle up. If motorists are stopped for a traffic violation
and are not wearing their seat belt, they can receive a second ticket
and second fine.

Funding for this enforcement effort comes from part of
PennDOT’s statewide distribution of $1.7 million in
federal funds

 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Visit for more information on seat-belt safety
and PennDOT’s other traffic-safety initiatives.

Media contact : Erin Waters-Trasatt or Ashley Schoch,

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation