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Buckle Up - "Click it or Ticket" is Back

Buckle your seat belts or face the consequences - a ticket if police catch you or perhaps worse if they don't.

Law enforcement officers from the Millburn Police Department will crack down on unbuckled motorists and their passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign beginning next week.

From May 21 and through June 3, the annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as a push for more local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts.

“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. "In 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.”

Last year, the front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey rose for the 15th consecutive year to 94.51 percent. Poedubicky noted that while front seat belt usage rates continue to increase in New Jersey, law enforcement and safety officials want to ultimately see a 100 percent compliance rate.

“New Jersey has a strong front seat belt usage rate, but there is still work to do,” he said. “To meet our goal, we must continue both enforcement and public outreach efforts that educate all motor vehicle occupants about the importance of buckling up, every ride.”

Poedubicky added that the campaign will focus on rear seat passengers as well.

Despite laws requiring adult back seat passengers to buckle up, adult back seat belt use stands at only 35 percent.

During the 2011 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 419 police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 32,228 seat belt citations, 5,865 speeding summonses and made 953 drunk driving arrests. Last year in Millburn during the "Click it or Ticket" campaign, police wrote 85 summonses for seat belt violations.

bill May 17, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Aah, the annual one week each year where the Millburn police bother to enforce any traffic laws. I think last year we learned that they issued about as many tickets in a week as almost the rest of the year combined for seat belts and cell phone usage.I hope it makes a difference, but it is a shame that we need a special week for them to do things that they should be doing all year long.
neanderer May 17, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Millburn police are out pretty much every day setting up speed traps throughout town in highly visible locations. Not sure that they ever catch anyone speeding, but at least they are out watching for traffic violations.If instead they drove around town, they would write 100's of tickets a day for all the drivers that are talking on their mobile phone.
John Fonseca May 18, 2012 at 02:06 AM
If a speed trap is highly visible, then it's probably not very effective. I've seen them in the lot for the shopping center next to Kings and directly across the street from the police station. At no time when I've spotted once of these "traps" have they had their radar on. I'll tell you where I'd like to see them, and that's on Baltusrol Way. They had an officer there for several hours three summers ago. I stopped to thank him and he said he was pulling people over as fast as he could stop one and reset his position. He commented that the last one he stopped was going over 60 and that 50 was not uncommon. This is a 25mph zone. Since then I've never seen another trap set and I've called the MPD twice to ask if they could do it again. There certainly was no lasting effect since people have continued to go up and down this road like it's the Nurburgring.
MBurnMan May 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM
It's always nice to hear kind words from someone who knows nothing about the functions of the Police or Fire Departments and what they are all about. That is until they have an emergency at their house and then they cant call on them fast enough. Grow up!

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