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Seatbelt Enforcement Nets 37 Tickets

The Westport Police Department’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign held May 21 through June 3 netted 37 citations for seatbelt violations, police announced today.

“This year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign was a real success,” said Capt. David Farrell “Through our enforcement efforts, we believe we helped keep community members safe and reminded drivers of the importance of buckling up.

“Issuing tickets was not our goal,” he added, “but it was a way to remind people of the importance of such a simple action.” 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.

During this year’s campaign, NHTSA urged law enforcement nationwide to issue citations to anyone in violation of the law during the day and especially at night when 56 percent of those killed are unrestrained, Farrell said.

By adding patrols at night, and training officers on specific techniques to catch nighttime violators, the campaign—and the nighttime focus—was a “major success,” according to Captain Farrell.

The national seat belt use rate is currently at 90.1 percent, according to NHTSA’s 2016 data, up from 88.5 percent in 2015.

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