Chief's "Click it or Ticket" Campaign - News Release

NEWS RELEASE

City of Takoma Park Police Department

• 7500 Maple Avenue • Takoma Park, Md 20912

For more information contact:

Public Information Officer (PIO)

Catherine Plevy, 301-891-7142 or 240-338-2901

April 29, 2014 (9:50 am)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The statewide Chiefs’ Challenge, which emphasizes safety restraint enforcement, begins on May 1 and will run through the month of May 2014. The City of Takoma Park Police Department officers will focus on enforcement of the state’s seat belt laws as part of the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Officers will stand at various places throughout the City during the campaign in order to issue tickets to any person not wearing a seatbelt or who does not have their child properly restrained.

Citizens are reminded that all passengers, by law, are to wear seat belts while traveling in the backseat of any vehicle. Children 16 and under are covered by existing state law (except children under 8 or are 4 feet 9 inches or taller), but the fine for violating that law has risen to match the fine for adults.

Drivers are no longer allowed to have more passengers than seat belts in a car.

New Increased fines:

The following violations are now $83.00 fines:

Failing to secure a child under the age of 8 in a child safety seat when transporting in a motor vehicle.

Failing to transport a child under age 16 in (child safety seat per instructions, seat belt).

Using a (child safety seat, seatbelt) to (restrain, seat, position) more than one individual.

Operating a motor vehicle with (operator, occupant under age 16) not restrained by (seatbelt, child safety seat).

Passengers aged 16 or more in outboard front seat of motor vehicle. without seat belt restraint. Example of an "outboard front seat" is a front passenger seat next to a door.

New Secondary Traffic Offense:

Passengers aged 16 or more in rear seat of motor vehicle without seatbelt restraint. The fine is $83.00, including court costs.

Who is covered by the law?

The law covers the driver and passengers in both the front and back seats. Each person that is not buckled up (driver and passenger) may receive a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt.

In the case where neither the driver nor any passenger 15 years of age or younger are buckled up, the driver will receive a ticket for both.

Takoma Park Police Chief, Alan Goldberg, is hoping for less tickets this year because that means citizens are taking their safety, and that of their children, very seriously. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "Click it or Ticket" is one of the most successful seat belt enforcement campaigns ever, helping to increase the national seatbelt usage rate.

Please visit the following link from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding this campaign: http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/2013ciot/get-involved.html

Please buckle up - it's the law!

 

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