Plymouth State College Campus Police are joining with the Plymouth Police Department to take part in a nation-wide effort to have people buckle up and use their seatbelts. The program, called Click It or Ticket, will focus attention on child restraint laws from Nov. 25 through Dec. 1. The period was chosen because it includes Thanksgiving, the most dangerous holiday for motorists.
“Proactive enforcement of seat belt laws is the only way to get people to buckle up, according to Campus Police Chief John E. Clark. Seat belt use in states that conduct high-visibility enforcement is 10 to 15 percent higher than in states that rely solely on education. It’s a way for us to proactively save lives.”
High-visibility enforcement relies on periods of proactive enforcement of seat belt laws coupled with aggressive communications to let people know about the enforcement. For many people who don’t use seatbelts, especially young people, the threat of a ticket has proven to be a greater inducement to buckle up than the threat of injury or death, according to Chief Clark.
By participating in the Click It or Ticket program, Plymouth Police Dept. Capt. Steve Temperino says officers plan to monitor more closely child restraint laws during this period. In New Hampshire, the laws state that any motor vehicle driver or passenger less than the age of 18 must wear seat belts. Children less than four years old also must be secured in a child safety seat.
As well as the PSC Campus Police and the Plymouth Police Dept., others sponsors of the program include the Air Bag & Seat Belt Campaign of the National Safety Council, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.