STATE POLICE NORTHERN
AREA PATROLS BEGIN
SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM
Troop "B" Looks to Reduce Motor Vehicle
Accident Injuries and Fatalities
West Trenton, N.J. - New Jersey
State Police Superintendent Joseph J. Santiago today announced
that Troop "B" patrols will initiate a seat belt enforcement
program aimed at enhancing motorist safety by reducing injuries
and fatalities resulting from motor vehicle accidents.
Superintendent Santiago stated,
"In response to a 50% increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents
within the Troop "B" area of responsibility, and the startling
fact that nearly two thirds of the fatalities occurred to
occupants who were not seat belted, Troop "B" Troopers have
been instructed to make a concentrated enforcement effort
to increase seat belt compliance."
"New Jersey's seat belt compliance
rate is currently 82%," according to Santiago, "however the
low compliance rate for fatalities emphasizes the need for
increased enforcement and education.".
Effective August 3, the New
Jersey State Police, in cooperation with the Division of Highway
Traffic Safety's "CLICK IT OR TICKET" program, Troopers from
all Troop "B" Stations and Tactical Patrol Units will conduct
enforcement details at specially designated locations. In
most cases, the enforcement sites will be intersections with
traffic control devices, to identify vehicle occupants that
are in non-compliance with state statutes pertaining to passenger
and child restrains. Locations will be selected to ensure
that the normal flow of traffic is not impeded.
Additionally, Troopers will
hand out informational literature to increase motorist awareness
of the dangers and penalties of non-compliance. Drivers and
front seat passengers who do not wear their seat belts face
a $43 summons.
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