The City of Franklin Police say they will be partnering to participate in a national "Click It or Ticket" Seat Belt Enforcement initiative from May 15, through June 4, 2017.
The effort will focus largely on nighttime enforcement between 9 pm and 4 a.m. using Traffic Enforcement Zones and Roving Patrols. Police will also use Traffic Enforcement Zones combining stationary enforcement and checkpoints along roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. Citations will be issued to motorists who are found unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children.
Citing PennDOT data, the police say there were over thirteen thousand unrestrained crashes resulting in over 400 fatalities in 2015.
Drivers should know Pennsylvania's primary seat-belt law requires drivers and passengers under the age of 18 to buckle up, and children under the age of four must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat.
Children ages four to eight must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat. A new law, effective in August 2016 requires a child under the age of two be securely fastened in a rear facing child passenger restraint system, which is to be used until the child outgrows the maximum weight and limits designated by the manufacturer. Additionally, children ages 8 to 18 must be wearing 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 traffaic violation and are not wearing their seat belt, they can receive a second ticket and second fine.
The effort which includes 315 Pennsylvania municipal agencies supplements the national "Click it or Ticket" Mobilization which runs through June 4. As part of the initiative, Penn DOT distributes federal enforcement funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more information on seat belt safety, visit www.penndot.gov/safety.