WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ - The police departments of Fairfield, Essex Fells, Roseland and the three Caldwells are currently participating in the national "CLICK IT OR TICKET" campaign along with other law enforcement agencies across New Jersey. This campaign, which continues through the Memorial Day holiday and until June 3, enforces the use of seatbelts in all seating positions in motor vehicles, both front and back.
Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna said that his officers are participating in this initiative to stress the importance of seatbelt usage in reducing motor vehicle fatalities.
“Fairfield is proud to be a participating agency,” said Chief Anthony Manna.
The campaign, which began on Monday, utilizes high-visibility seatbelt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seatbelts.
“Using a seatbelt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, acting director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. "In 2016, it is estimated that more than 14,500 lives were saved nationally by the proper use of seatbelts.”
Poedubicky added that a key focus of this year’s campaign is to promote seatbelt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front and rear seats. He also said that the front seatbelt-usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 94.07 percent. However, adults riding in rear seats are buckling up at a significantly lower rate: only 48 percent in the most recent survey.
“For whatever reason, there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they don’t need to buckle up when riding as a passenger in rear seats, and this is a concern,” said Poedubicky.
During the 2017 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 350 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative, according to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 17,792 seat belt citations, 6,363 speeding summonses and made 976 impaired driving arrests.