HARRISBURG – As Memorial Day weekend approaches and the summer travel season approaches, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are urging drivers to keep road safety in mind when ‘they are driving. Agencies will work with municipal police departments and other security partners across the Commonwealth to participate in the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt education and enforcement initiative from May 17 to June 6. 2021.
“’Click it or Ticket’ isn’t about quotes, it’s about saving lives,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “Buckling up is the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of an accident.”
Pennsylvania law requires all occupants under the age of 18 to buckle up when driving in a vehicle, as well as drivers and front passengers. Children under two years old must be restrained in a rear-facing car seat and children under four years old must be buckled up in an approved child safety seat. Children must ride in a booster seat until their eighth birthday.
In addition to taking a zero tolerance approach to violators, Soldiers certified as Child Passenger Safety Technicians will offer car seat fittings and inspections throughout Pennsylvania, helping ensure car seats are in good working order, installed correctly, and free from reminders.
“State Police Child Passenger Safety Technicians look forward to hosting dozens of events across the Commonwealth to highlight the safety of child passengers,” said Major Robert Krol, director of the office. Pennsylvania State Police Patrol. “We hope that anyone who drives with children in their vehicle will take advantage of this free resource to help keep their youngest passengers safe during their trip.”
A complete list of child passenger seat mounting stations is available at psp.pa.gov.
As part of law enforcement efforts, state and local police, as well as agencies across the United States, will participate in a border-to-border day-long initiative on May 24 to strengthen the application of seat belts at state borders, thereby increasing state attention. on security.
PennDOT data shows there were 11,265 crashes in 2020 where at least one occupant was not wearing a seat belt, resulting in 348 fatalities.
As the summer driving season begins, we’re encouraging Pennsylvania residents to “know before you go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 kilometers of roads in Pennsylvania by visiting www.511PA.com. The service, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to over 1,000 speed cameras. Motorists can also view ongoing construction projects on www.511PA.com.
PennDOT’s Media Center provides resources for safety organizations, community groups, or others who share safety information with their stakeholders. Social media-sized graphics highlighting topics such as seat belts, impaired driving and distracted driving are available online at www.PennDOT.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.