The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) officially kick off the summer with a seatbelt campaign to promote safety, instruct individuals on the importance of seatbelts and child safety seats, and increase enforcement of the use of seatbelts at the state’s borders.
Although the Click or Ticket seatbelt initiative began on May 14 and continues through June 3, travel on Memorial Day Weekend marked the beginning of the summer travel season, which means more motorists on the road. With increased congestion on Pennsylvania highways comes more motor vehicle accidents, and a call for drivers and their passengers to use their seatbelts for protection while driving.
Pennsylvania Seatbelt Laws
Pennsylvania state law dictates that drivers over the age of 18 must wear a seatbelt when behind the wheel or as a front-seat passenger. Drivers or passengers below the age of 18 must wear seatbelts in any seat, whether driving or riding in a vehicle. During the Click It or Ticket campaign, law enforcement officials will adopt a zero-tolerance policy for any vehicle occupant failing to wear a seatbelt and will issue tickets to offenders. The Border-to-Border initiative further compounds the PSP’s serious take on seatbelt use, by increasing enforcement at all state borders.
Safety of Seatbelts
While it is true that the number of unrestrained fatalities recorded by PennDOT decreased last year from over 400 to about 375, any number of fatal car accidents is one too many. Wearing a seatbelt is one of the simplest safety acts a driver or passenger can perform and could mean the difference between life and death.
The seatbelt campaign aims to publicize how important it is to wear a seatbelt during every car trip, whether a local errand or extensive road trip. Remember that children must be secured in the proper safety seats, too.
Child Safety Seats
Child safety seats afford protection to younger children who must still be belted into a car seat or booster seat. Unfortunately, parents or guardians may not properly secure or use the age-appropriate or correct size of child safety seat in the car for the child. This could lead to personal injuries or worse if the child is involved in an accident.
In Pennsylvania, rear-facing car seats should be used for children under the age of two. Children between the ages of two and four must be belted into a child safety seat. Until children reach the age of eight, a booster seat is required to be used.
To ensure child safety seats are properly and safely engaged in vehicles, PennDOT and the PSP are offering free car seat fittings and inspections at various locations across the state. State law enforcement officials who are certified as Child Passenger Safety Technicians will check the seat, make adjustments if necessary, and instruct parents and guardians on how to ensure the seat and restraints are properly engaged.
Chester County Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate for Car Accident Victims
Seatbelt use protects drivers and passengers from potential fatalities and serious injuries when in a car accident. The Click It or Ticket seatbelt campaign aims to promote safety and awareness for car occupants. If you or your loved one sustained personal injuries in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Chester County Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC at 215-569-8488 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers represent clients in Pennsylvania, including Delaware County and Chester County, as well as in Delaware, and New Jersey.