Maryland State Police conducted a 13 day statewide ‘Click it or Ticket’ initiative, keeping troopers busy making sure seatbelts and child restraints were in proper use.
Maryland State Troopers conducted traffic enforcement initiatives from May 18th through May 31st throughout the state concentrating on safety belt violations. During this time, numerous traffic stops were conducted.
During this enforcement campaign, over 4,100 vehicles were stopped for occupant restraint violations around the state. There were 470 citations and 519 warnings issued by troopers from the La Plata Barrack, while troopers from the Hagerstown Barrack issued 269 citations and 325 warnings. There were significant violations noticed throughout Maryland.
High-visibility enforcement such as Click It or Ticket is credited with increasing the national seat belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to the estimated observed usage rate of 86 percent in 2012. This campaign aims to increase the consistent and proper use of seat belts among all occupants in vehicles on Maryland roads.
It is a proven fact, seatbelts save lives. Troopers will continue to enforce seatbelt laws and to educate the public using these types of initiatives. The goal is to develop good seat belt practices. The car or truck should not move until everyone is belted or in a safety seat. Maryland State Police will continue to support the Maryland Highway Safety Office’s ‘Move Toward Zero Deaths’ campaign.