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Community traffic safety project reminds motorists to ‘buckle up’

By Staff | Jun 1, 2016

MUNCY – On Friday, May 20 the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Community Traffic Safety Project, and state police held a press event at Regal Cinema, Lycoming Mall in Muncy Township to emphasize the importance of seat belt use during a statewide “Click it or Ticket” mobilization.

PennDOT data for Lycoming County shows that in 2015, 11 people who were killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belt, compared to nine people in 2014. Across the state, 413 people killed in crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt.

The event was held from 9 to 9:30 p.m. and the various agencies were on hand to hand out valuable information on the importance of using seat belts.

The event reminded motorists to buckle up as they left the Regal Cinema movie theatre. Officials also distributed printed ‘Click It’ or ‘Ticket’ information.

The statewide campaign, which runs between May 16 and June 5, 2016, focuses largely on night time enforcement, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. using traffic enforcement zones and roving patrols. Police Traffic Enforcement Zones combine stationary enforcement and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes as well as roving patrols. Citations will be issued to motorists who are caught unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children.

PennDOT data shows there were 13,534 unrestrained crashes that resulted in 413 fatalities and 734 major injuries in 2015. That is nearly an 8 percent increase in unrestrained fatalities from the previous year.

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 must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. In addition, children age 8 to 18 must be in 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 belt, they can receive a second ticket and second fine.