Stepped-up seat belt enforcement campaign begins today in NJ

seat belt rl
Buckle up, especially if you’re passing through New Jersey. Credit: Rikard Larma/Metro

Buckle up – the Delaware River Port Authority’s annual Click It or Ticket seat-belt campaign in New Jersey begins Monday.

Officials with the DRPA’s Public Safety Department, along with a host of other law enforcement professionals, will be stepping up enforcement of the Garden State’s seat belt law and educating drivers about the importance of buckling up.

The two-week Click It Or Ticket campaign is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and will be advertised on variable message signs at all four DRPA bridges in the state.

“The federal government, the states and insurance companies have been collecting car crash data for decades, and their conclusions are clear and consistent,” DRPA Chief of Police John Stief said in a statement.

“Seat belts save lives, and so do officers who remind drivers and passengers to buckle up.”

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5 and 34; seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control.

Under New Jersey’s primary enforcement law, police officers can stop a vehicle and issue tickets when one or more of the car’s passengers isn’t wearing a seat belt.

CDC figures also show that states with primary enforcement seat belt laws have a significantly higher buckle-up rate – averaging 88 percent – than states with no seat belt laws or secondary enforcement laws, which only allow police to issue tickets for seat belt violations when a driver has been pulled over for another offense.

The buckle-up rates in those states average 79 percent, according to the CDC.

Since the Click It or Ticket campaign’s 1993 launch in North Carolina, national seat belt use has increased from about 65 percent to over 85 percent, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Two young children killed in deadly Queens fire

Two 4-year-old children died after a blaze at their Far Rockaway home on Saturday night. The Queens fire injured three others, including a third sibling.

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

NBA

Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.