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Jefferson Police To Crack Down On Unbuckled Drivers

Police will be part of the two-week Click It or Ticket campaign to encourage drivers to buckle up while behind the wheel.

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Next time you get in a vehicle, don't forget to buckle up or it could cost you.

The Jefferson Police Department will start cracking down on motorists without safety belts as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign beginning May 19 and extending to June 1.

Officers will create seatbelt checkpoints and increase patrols to ensure drivers are staying safe.

Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, said that New Jersey's current rate of front seatbelt use is 91 percent. The goal for police is to drive it up to 92 percent.

“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,” he said.

During last year's crackdown, officers issued 26,049 seat belt citations, 4,895 speeding summonses and made 860 drunk driving arrests.
Rob Mey May 08, 2014 at 06:34 AM
need another targeted enforcement of texting and driving rather than a seatbelt checkpoint
barbara tedwell May 08, 2014 at 07:43 AM
They have nothing better to do (thank God theres no real crime here-but then thats the price you pay-they have lots of down time)...thats why they send three patrol cars to "assist" with giving a ticket. I agree its about $$$ but then again...what isnt?
JS May 08, 2014 at 07:55 AM
I'm surprised you say there's no real crime here. There are teens over dosing, drugs everywhere and burglaries related to drugs. I would like to see our local police tackle those crimes as opposed to the dreaded seat belt non-clickers.
OakRidge Dave May 08, 2014 at 04:33 PM
Buckle up is a legit safety concern and more people should wear their seat belts. But stopping vehicles for this also gives the police a nice close look at the occupants and a glimpse into the car and it's contents. Likely leading to arrests on other things like drug use and possession.
OakRidge Dave May 08, 2014 at 04:36 PM
As to cell phone usage... It won't be long until the license plate reading camera on the police car can connect your registration data to a cell phone number and tell without a doubt that you have been texting while driving.

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