HARRISBURG – PennDOT is reminding motorists that the “Click it or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement campaign is under way. The campaign runs through June 12 and features the creation of Traffic Enforcement Zones, which target highways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes and fatalities.
PennDOT’s statewide investment of federal funds – $91,000 for Pennsylvania State Police and $775,000 for municipal police – will cover overtime and equipment costs for law enforcement to conduct seat-belt enforcement in two waves this year. At least half of all enforcement will take place during nighttime hours, when seat-belt use is typically lower.
Twenty police departments in PennDOT’s District 2 will participate. Departments in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, McKean and Mifflin counties are among more than 600 law enforcement agencies statewide participating in the “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
According to PennDOT statistics, there were 524 unbelted highway fatalities in Pennsylvania in 2010, a 16.2 percent increase compared to 2009. Of this number, there was one in Cameron County; four in Centre County; 11 in Clearfield County; four in Clinton County; two in Elk County; two in McKean County; and five in Mifflin County.