FTPD to participate in in National Seat Belt Enforcement

Date: May 13, 2019

Ferguson Township Police will partner with other municipal law enforcement agencies participating in a national “Click It or Ticket” Seat Belt Enforcement initiative May 13 through June 2, 2019.

Through coordinated enforcement using Traffic Enforcement Zones and Roving Patrols, the goal is to reduce injuries and deaths caused by drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts on Pennsylvania highways. Traffic Enforcement Zones combine stationary enforcement and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of crashes involving unbuckled drivers and passengers. Citations will be issued to motorists who are caught unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children. 

According to PennDOT data, 14,309 unrestrained crashes resulted in 378 fatalities in 2017. 

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 (4) must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. 

Children ages four to eight (4 - 8) must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat.

A law that took effect August 2016 requires a child under two (2) years of age be securely fastened in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system, which is to be used until the child outgrows the maximum weight and limits designated by the manufacturer. In addition, children ages eight (8) to 18 must be wearing 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 belts, they can receive a second ticket and second fine.

The Seat Belt Enforcement effort, which includes 350 Pennsylvania municipal agencies, supplements the national “Click It or Ticket” Mobilization, which runs through June 2, 2019. As part of the initiative, PennDOT distributes federal enforcement funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 
For more information about seat belt safety, visit penndot.gov/safety