Wear your seat belts, Monmouth County drivers. Sheriff Shaun Golden is sending reinforcements to police departments throughout the county as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign. The seat belt enforcement program provided through a grant by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety kicks off on Monday, May 18, and runs through Sunday, May 31.
“I’m proud that the sheriff’s office has been selected once again to participate in such a lifesaving program,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “The main focus of these patrols and checkpoints, which will be conducted throughout Monmouth County, is to issue summonses to motorists and front and rear passengers, who are not complying with the state’s seat belt laws and to raise awareness on how vital it is to buckle up.”
According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 87.59%. The goal for this year’s campaign is to increase the statewide rate to 90%.
This year’s campaign will also focus on rear seat passengers, and will include nighttime enforcement. The percentage of seat belt usage is traditionally lower and the percentage of unbelted fatalities is higher during the evening hours.
“The success of our participation in the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization in years past, and our invitation to again participate in the 2015 initiative, illustrates our agency-wide commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all Monmouth County residents,” said Sheriff Golden.