CLARKS SUMMIT — PennDOT, Buckle Up PA, and the Clarks Summit Borough Police Department announced they will partner to participate in a national “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement initiative from May 16 through June 5.
The effort will focus largely on nighttime enforcement, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 4 a.m., roving patrols. Police will also use Traffic Enforcement Zones, which combine stationary enforcement and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. Citations will be issued to motorists who are caught unbuckled or transporting unrestrained children.
The effort, which includes 370 Pennsylvania municipal agencies, supplements the national “Click It or Ticket” Mobilization which runs through June 5. As part of the initiative, PennDOT distributes federal enforcement funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Pennsylvania’s primary seatbelt law requirements are as follows:
• All drivers and passengers under 18 years old must buckle up when riding anywhere in the vehicle.
• Children under the age of 4 must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat.
• Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat.
• Drivers and front-seat passengers 18 years or older are required to buckle up.
If motorists are stopped for a traffic violation and are not wearing their seat belt, they can receive a second ticket and second fine.
Information provided by the Clarks Summit Borough Police Department.