Hazlet and Holmdel Police have announced special enforcement of seat belt rules through June 1, as part of the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign.
Motorists may come across high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols in the two towns, which includes sections of Route 34, 35 and 36; as well as Route 520 and other heavily traveled roads.
"In 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
The front seat belt usage rate in New Jersey currently stands at 91%. Poedubicky noted that the goal for this year’s campaign is to increase the statewide rate to 92%.
Poedubicky added that the campaign will focus on rear seat passengers, as well. Despite laws requiring adult back seat passengers to buckle up, adult back seat belt use stands at only 44 percent, officials say.
During the 2013 “Click it or Ticket” campaign, 422 police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 26,049 seat belt citations, 4,895 speeding summonses and made 860 drunk driving arrests.