Clearfield – While the state of Pennsylvania currently boasts a respectable 86.7 percent statewide seat belt use rate, studies show that seat belt use on selected roadways is actually much lower.
Police are planning to make a change.
Using several years worth of data collected by PennDOT, over 200 Pennsylvania roadways have been identified for low belt use or high rates of unbelted crashes; six of those sites are in Centre, Clearfield and Mifflin Counties.
Local police, including Clearfield Boro, Patton Township, Spring Township, State College Borough, Ferguson Township, Lawrence Township, Sandy Township, Mifflin County Regional, and Granville Township will focus on the selected locations for increased seat belt enforcement during the upcoming Click It or Ticket mobilization (March 17-30). Extra patrols are anticipated and public awareness and education activities will be held at schools and businesses located near the targeted roadways.
Buckle Up Pennsylvania was formed in 2000 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and PennDOT to aid state and local police in seatbelt enforcement and education initiatives. In the following years, Pennsylvania’s seat belt rate increased from 69 percent to an unprecedented 86.7 percent. For more information about Buckle Up Pennsylvania and Click It or Ticket, visit the Web site.