CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford drivers should double check their seat belts as police across the state plan to crack down on seat belt violations from May 22 until June 4 as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
“From May 22 - June 4, 2017 law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and nationwide will conduct Click It or Ticket campaigns that incorporate zero-tolerance enforcement of safety belt laws with paid advertising and the support of government agencies, local coalitions and school officials to increase safety belt use and defend against one of the greatest threats to us all - serious injury or death in traffic crashes,” the website for the state of New Jersey reads.
Cranford was one of 131 police departments across the state to receive a grant from the state Division of Highway Traffic. The CPD received $5,500 to take part in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
Last year, 387 police agencies participated in the campaign and issued 26,551 tickets between May 23 and June 5, according to the website. Cranford, which was non-funded in 2016, issued 57 tickets for seat belt violations during the time frame, according to the website.
Per state law, all drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts. A police officer can stop a vehicle if those in the front seat are not wearing a seat belt. Any rear passengers in the car can be issued a summons for not wearing a seat belt when the vehicle they are in is stopped for another violation.
A seat belt improves the odds of a driver surviving a crash by 60 percent, according to the state of New Jersey’s driver manual.