Greenwich Police urge drivers to ‘click it or ticket’

Greenwich police are part of a multi-agency effort making sure people are following the law by issuing tickets to those not wearing their seat belts. So  buckle up.

Greenwich police are part of a multi-agency effort making sure people are following the law by issuing tickets to those not wearing their seat belts. So buckle up.

Greenwich drivers are always urged to buckle up but this holiday weekend, police officers are going to be looking specifically for those who aren’t, leaving them a little lighter in the wallet.

In a targeted operation that began Monday night, the Greenwich Police Department said it will be out “in full force” as part of the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement program. This will be a crackdown on drivers who are not properly belted in and will be a joint effort with the Connecticut State Police, the Stamford Police Department, the New York State police and officers from Port Chester, Rye Brook and other New York departments.

They will be set up in Greenwich at Mill Street’s connection with the New York border in both directions as well as the Post Road’s crossing into New York and the King Street connection with the Hutch and Merritt parkways in both directions, including the on and off ramps. Drivers who are not in compliance with seat belt laws will be pulled over and ticketed.

The enforcement operation is set to run through June 1.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 49% of the passenger occupants killed on American roadways between 2008 and 2012 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Greenwich Police Department Sgt. John Slusarz said Tuesday in a press release that “Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.”

Chief of Police James Heavey added, “The interagency cooperation and partnership in high visibility traffic safety programs like this is a clear message to the public that we place public safety as our first priority.”

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