Pennsylvania State Patrol to Increase Patrols and Checkpoints over Memorial Day to Encourage Seat Belt Use

Philly.com reports that the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will be participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. In addition to increasing patrols and implementing regulatory checkpoints, the PSP will also be offering free child seat safety inspections across the state.

In Pennsylvania, drivers and front seat passengers over the age of 18, as well as kids from ages eight to 17 in any seat, are required to wear a seat belt. However, it is considered to be a secondary offense, which means police aren’t able to pull a driver over only for not wearing their seat belt. The fine is $10. Children between the ages of four and eight are required to be in a booster seat, and the fine is also $10 for a violation. Pennsylvania police are able to stop a car on suspicion of having a child from birth to age four who is not in a car seat, the penalty for which is $100.

During the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, the PSP will set up extra regulatory checkpoints where drivers will have to show police their license and registration. If police issue a ticket for a primary violation, they will also be able to issue one for a seat belt violation, if applicable. It is estimated that about one in 12 drivers in Pennsylvania do not use their seat belt regularly.

seat-belt4346447.jpgAccording to the National Safety Council (NSC), it is estimated that over 400 deaths and another 39,000 injuries will result from traffic accidents over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The NCS also estimates that over 300 people potentially may survive the weekend if they wear their seat belts, and over 100 other lives could be saved if everyone wore their seat belt. Over the past six years, there has been an increase of 12 percent in traffic accident fatalities over the Memorial Day holiday weekend as compared to other non-holiday periods.

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