EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The Egg Harbor Township Police Department will be taking part of the national Click it or Ticket campaign.
The campaign starts on Monday, May 20th and runs through June 2nd and utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and “saturation” patrols.
“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for motor vehicle occupants to protect themselves on the road,” Eric Heitmann, director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety said in a press release. “Crash statistics show that between 2013 and 2017, seat belt use saved nearly 69,000 lives nationally.”
This year’s focus of Click it or Ticket in New Jersey is to promote seat belt usage by adults in vehicles, both in the front and rear seats. According to a press release from the Egg Harbor Township Police front seat belt usage rate in the state is 94.47%, but adults in the rear seat only use seat belts 48% of the time.
During the 2018 Click it or Ticket campaign, 357 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 19,659 seat belt citations, 4,437 speeding summonses and made 661 impaired driving arrests.