‘Click It or Ticket’ Campaign in Full Force
Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano has announced that the Sheriff’s Office will take part in the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement program through June 4. The program is made possible through a New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety grant.
“The focus of these patrols is to ensure the safety and security of our residents,” said Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano. “Sheriff’s Officers will join other law enforcement agencies in issuing summonses to motorists and front- and rear-seat passengers who are not obeying the state’s seat belt laws.”
The “Click It or Ticket” campaign and similar efforts have increased safety belt use in cities, states and an entire region of the country. In New Jersey, 387 police agencies participated in the May 2016 enforcement mobilization. New Jersey's seat belt usage rate currently stands at 93.35 percent, up from 91.36 percent in 2015. It is the highest recorded usage rate since the 2011 rate of 94.51 percent.
The “Click It or Ticket” mobilization incorporates zero-tolerance enforcement of safety belt laws with paid advertising and the support of government agencies, local coalitions and school officials to increase safety belt use and defend against one of the greatest threats to all of us - serious injury or death in traffic crashes.
“Click It or Ticket” is a high-publicity law enforcement effort that gives people more of a reason to buckle up. Most people buckle up for safety. But, for some people, it is the threat of a ticket that spurs them to use a safety belt. It is the two-pronged approach of publicity and a ticket that makes these campaigns powerful.
For more information about the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, contact Sgt. Tom Carlucci and Sheriff’s Officer Brendan Gattone at 908-231-7140 ext. 9 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and Gattone@co.somerset.nj.us.