From Maryland State Police:
After a 14-day police mobilization, the 2013 Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign in Baltimore, Harford, and Cecil Counties comes to an end with an announcement by The Maryland State Police that 2,568 seat belt tickets and 38 child restraint citations were issued during the region’s special safety crackdown. This campaign was made possible by Troopers from the Bel Air Barrack, J.F.K. Highway Barrack, and North East Barrack. Their combined efforts resulted in over a 300% increase of last years campaign totals. Troopers arrested 10 people in possession of drugs, 13 people with outstanding warrants, 3 D.U.I. drivers’ including 1 transporting a child, and seized 1 illegal gun from an identified motorcycle gang member, all of which were discovered from a seat belt related traffic stop. Troopers’ were also present for several community events and conducted numerous child safety seat inspections and “seat belt convincer” rides.
“The annual Click it or Ticket mobilization may be over, but that is no excuse to stop using your seat belt,” said Corporal Jonathan Novack of the Maryland State Police. “Our law enforcement officers are out all year long. If you or your passengers are caught not wearing a seatbelt at any time, day or night, you will be cited for the safety violation.”
According to the latest preliminary statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 86 percent of passenger vehicle occupants across the nation in 2012 were wearing seat belts—an all-time high rate.
High-visibility enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to the estimated observed usage rate of 86 percent in 2012. Belt usage saves thousands of lives across America each year. NHTSA statistics show that in 2011 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 11,949 lives nationwide.
“The Maryland State Police Northern Troop is proud to have supported the 2013 Click It or Ticket mobilization – a highly visible national enforcement crackdown created to save more lives on our roadways,” said Lieutenant Dan Fairburn – Commander of the JFK Highway Barrack. “Both during day and also at night, our stepped-up enforcement showed Maryland how important it really is for everyone to always buckle up every trip, every time. Don’t forget to buckle up and please encourage those around you to always do the same.”
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.