Berkeley Township police officers will be checking motorists to make sure they are wearing their seat belts during the national "Click It Or Ticket" campaign starting today through June 1, according to the township website.
Every year during the annual Memorial Day weekend
holiday period, law enforcement agencies join forces day and night,
from coast-to-coast, for an enforcement blitz that delivers on our
message Click It or Ticket, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
The primary audience continues to be men ages 18 to 34,
which research shows are less likely to wear seat belts, according to the NHTSA.
The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 135,000 lives were saved by
safety belt usage nationally between 1975-2000. In New Jersey in 2013,
there were 545 motor vehicle fatalities.
A large percentage of the motor
vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes were not wearing a seat
belt. Wearing a seat belt remains the most effective way to avoid death
or serious injury in a motor vehicle crash.
"Our participation is an
effort to raise awareness and increase seat belt usage through a
combination of enforcement and education," Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said on the township website.