Police to crack down on seat belt safety

Buckle up — it’s almost time for this year’s Click It or Ticket national seat belt enforcement crackdown, beginning Thursday, May 30, from 8 to 11 a.m.

Kicking off the crackdown on West Putnam Avenue at the New York state line, the Greenwich Police Department’s Traffic Section will collaborate with Stamford police, Connecticut State Police, Port Chester police, Westchester County police and New York State Police to mobilize high-visibility enforcement operations on local roads near the state border.

According to Greenwich police traffic technician Roger Drenth, the purpose of the Click It or Ticket event is to create awareness of seat belt safety in hopes of saving lives and preventing crashes. Distributing tickets is secondary to keeping the community safe, he said.

Lasts week, Greenwich police conducted a pre-event survey and found that 84% of the town was in compliance with seat belt laws, Officer Drenth said. While those numbers are good and tend to get better each year, he added, the hope is that a post-event survey will show compliance percentages in the high 80s to low 90s.

After getting the event started on May 30 with assistance from other police departments, GPD will take over the crackdown, which will be carried out for two weeks following that date.

At a Click It or Ticket event in November 2011, Officer Drenth said, 227 infractions were issued, and similar numbers are expected during this cycle. Everyone makes mistakes on the road, he said, and this event should encourage drivers to minimize road rage and take proper safety precautions while driving.


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