PUXSUTAWNEY – Pennsylvania State Police will be participating in the “Click it or Ticket” traffic enforcement program from this Monday through Dec. 2.
If a motorist is stopped for a traffic violation and isn’t wearing their seatbelt, they will receive two citations. The first will be for the traffic violation and the second for the seatbelt violation.
During the “Click it or Ticket” program, state police will be adopting a zero-tolerance policy toward any violation of the state’s seatbelt and child passenger restraint laws. In conjunction with the aggressive enforcement approach, Troop C members will be conducting regulatory checkpoints and child safety seat checkpoints.
By buckling up and using child safety seats properly, you significantly increase your chances of surviving an accident. Pennsylvania law also stipulates that children under the age of 8 years must be properly secured in a federally-approved child safety seat when riding anywhere in a vehicle.
Any motorist who fails to comply with this law can be fined with costs totaling more than $90. To help parents safely transport children, the state police will conduct free child passenger safety seat checks at the following locations:
Monday Nov. 19
Ridgway PennDOT Building, Ridgway, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ron Siedle Chevrolet, Clarion, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
Marienville State Police Station, Marienville, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Clearfield Fire Co. No. 1, Clearfield, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Central Fire Department, Punxsutawney, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
State police will examine all child restraint seats for proper installation and parents will receive instructions on how to correct any deficiencies.
Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death nationwide, with most fatalities being attributed to unbelted motorists. It is the goal of the state police and the state’s Department of Transportation to increase voluntary seatbelt usage compliance through enforcement efforts.
State police said it’s important for people to buckle up even if it’s only for a short distance. It’s proven that people are considerably less likely to sustain serious injuries or to be killed when they’re buckled up.
For more information on car seat safety and a complete list of inspection locations and dates, click on the “Public Services” link at www.psp.state.pa.us.