Dunellen Police Department
355 North Avenue, Dunellen NJ 08812 / Phone: 732-968-3000

Seat Belt Enforcement and Education Campaign to be Conducted          
Locally as Part of Nationwide
Click It or Ticket Mobilization May 22 – June 4, 2017

Contact: Sgt Jeffrey Delbuono
(732) 968-3000 X230

DUNELLEN -- Law enforcement officers from the Dunellen Police Department will join with police from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Beginning May 22 and running through June 4, the annual “Click It or Ticket” national mobilization utilizes high visibility seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, in combination with local and national publicity efforts, to reiterate the life-saving value of seat belts.  

“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a driver and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.   "In 2015, it is estimated that 14,000 lives were saved nationally by the proper use of seat belts.”  

Poedubicky added that a key focus of this year’s campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front AND rear seats. The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 93.35%. However, adults riding in rear seats are buckling up at a significantly lower rate. “For whatever reason there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they don’t need to buckle up when riding as a passenger in rear seats, and this is a concern,” he said. 

During the 2016 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 387 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative.  As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,551 seat belt citations, 5,517 speeding summonses and made 876 impaired driving arrests.  

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New Car Seat Law

What Parents Need to Know about N.J.'s 
New Car Seat Law

Researchers say keeping babies and small children in rear-facing seats as long as possible drastically lowers their chance of dying in a car crash.

Under New Jersey's old law, every child under age 8 riding in a motor vehicle with seat belts must be in the back seat in either a car seat or a booster seat. (School buses are exempt.) The revised law adds additional regulations with specific age and weight limits. 

Among the new rules:

Birth to age 2: A child under age 2 and under 30 lbs. must be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness. Toddlers who are tall or have long legs will be rear-facing with their feet are pressed against the back seat of the car. Once a child reaches either age 2 or 30 lbs., the car seat can be turned around to face forward. (Best Practice: If a child has not met the ht. and wt. limitations of their car seat, keep them rear-facing until they do. Research demonstrates that rear facing children do not suffer more leg injuries that forward-facing kids.)

Ages 2 to 4: Children must remain in either a rear-facing or a forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness in the back seat of a vehicle at least until they are 4 years old or 40 lbs. Then, they can move to a booster seat. (Best Practice: If the child has not met the ht. and wt. limitations of their car seat, keep them in the harnesses until they do. A 5 point harness is the SAFEST WAY TO RIDE)

Ages 4 to 8: Children must remain in a booster seat in the back seat of a vehicle until they are at least 8 years old or 57 inches tall. Once they reach that age or height, they can use the regular adult seat belts. (Best Practice: Children should be moved to a seat belt only if the seat belt fits them correctly. The shoulder belt should come across the middle of the chest, not on the neck. The lap belt should ride low on the hips, not in front of the belly, and the child should be able to bend their legs over the edge of the seat. If even one of these is not met, the child should stay in their booster seat until they do).

Front seats: If a vehicle doesn't have a back seat (like a pick-up truck or a sports car), a child can ride in the front seat in a car seat or a booster seat. But the vehicle's passenger-side airbag must be disabled or shut off if a baby or toddler is using a rear-facing car seat strapped into the front seat of the vehicle. The force of air bags can injure small children if they deploy. (Best Practice: Children should remain in the back seat until they are at least 13.)

For more information about keeping your entire family safe in the car, visit www.safekids.org or call the Injury Prevention Program @ RWJ - 732.418.8026