A national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign begins Monday, May 20, and will continue through June 9.
Seat belt checks will be conducted on several streets and roads in the Oil Region and elsewhere. The Pennsylvania State Police and more than 600 municipal law enforcement agencies will be participating.
PennDOT says seat belt usage in Pennsylvania dropped to 83.5 percent last year from 83.8 percent in 2011, but usage has increased fifteen percent over the last ten years, and the state’s seat belt rate is among the highest in the nation. PennDOT also cites national statistics showing that the demographic groups which routinely show lower seat belt usage rates than others include 16-to-24 year-olds, black drivers, males and people who are traveling alone.