From Maryland State Police:
As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, Maryland State Police are urging everyone to buckle up. Beginning May 20, 2013, State Troopers from the J.F.K. Highway Barrack, Bel Air Barrack, North East Barrack and local law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.
“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night. Click It or Ticket activities will take place around the clock. If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket — not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions.” said Lieutenant Dan Fairburn – Commander of J.F.K. Barrack.
The Maryland State Police will also be partaking in local events stressing the importance of seat belt usage not only in adults but proper child safety seat installation. Nationally certified Troopers will be conducting child safety seat installations and checks to help educate parents or expecting parents in the importance of proper installation. Troopers will also have on hand a Seat Belt Convincer tool which allows participants to experience force, up to five times their body weight, similar to that of a 5-7 mph crash. Troopers and local law enforcement will be on hand to answer questions and allow children to meet their local law enforcement officials and K-9 partners. Events are tentatively scheduled as follows:
May 21: Chick-Fil-A – Nottingham: 5198 Campbell Blvd, Nottingham 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
May 22: Chesapeake House Rest Area: Interstate 95 at Mile Marker 96.5, North East. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 23: Chick-Fil-A – Elkton : 1100 East Pulaski Hwy, Elkton. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
May 28: Chick-Fil-A – Abingdon: 408 Constant Friendship Blvd, Abingdon. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
May 29: Chesapeake House Rest Area: Interstate 95 at Mile Marker 96.5, North East. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In 2011, seat belts saved an estimated 11,949 lives nationwide according to NHTSA. While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 20 through June 2, officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.
A briefing is scheduled at the Maryland State Police J.F.K. Highway Barrack on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 8 a.m. Media personnel are welcome to attend. If you would like to ride along with a Trooper and experience their enforcement initiative, please email Corporal Novack for further details.
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.