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Middletown Transcript
  • 'Click It or Ticket' campaign yields more than 1,000 citations

  • This Friday, the Delaware State Police will host its second wave of “Click It or Ticket,” a nationwide seat belt enforcement and awareness campaign aimed at saving lives by increasing the number of people who consistently buckle up.

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      According to the Office of Highway Safety, the two-week campaign produced:



      • 43 child-restraint citations

      • 489 speeding violations

      • 09 DUI arrests

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      BY THE NUMBERS

      According to the Office of Highway Safety, the two-week campaign produced:





      • 43 child-restraint citations


      • 489 speeding violations


      • 09 DUI arrests


      • 334 cell phone citations


      • 24 wanted suspect apprehensions


      • 21 drug arrests


      • 02 other felony arrests


  • This Friday, the Delaware State Police will host its second wave of  “Click It or Ticket,” a nationwide seat belt enforcement and awareness campaign aimed at saving lives by increasing the number of people who consistently buckle up.
    The first wave of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign took place last month between Thursday, May 12 and Thursday, May 26. Through traffic safety checkpoints and saturation patrols multiple agencies—from State, County and municipal law enforcement—issued more than 1,000 citations to unbuckled motorists.
    According to the Office of Highway Safety, the two-week campaign produced:
    • 43 child-restraint citations
    • 489 speeding violations
    • 09 DUI arrests
    • 334 cell phone citations
    • 24 wanted suspect apprehensions
    • 21 drug arrests
    • 02 other felony arrests
    Delaware’s current statewide seat belt usage rate is 92 percent.  Through an observational seat belt survey, OHS officials are currently evaluating the seat belt usage rate of drivers throughout the state.  The visual surveys require officials to monitor and make note of motorists and passengers who are wearing—or, not wearing—seatbelts. The surveys will be done on all types of roadways, from interstates to two-lane roads. Survey results should be available by early fall.
     Present statistics provided by OHS, state that since Jan. 1, 2014, 39 percent of all drivers and passengers killed in Delaware in vehicle crashes were not wearing seat belts.  Those statistics also indicate that as many as half of the deceased crash victims may have survived if the seat belt laws had been observed.  The chances of being partially or fully ejected from a vehicle increases significantly when seat belts are not worn. 
    Delaware’s campaign also included an awareness message featuring a Delaware State Trooper saying “I write tickets to save lives.” The messages were aired statewide on radio stations and on the internet and appeared in print and on billboards. 
    OHS continued its partnerships with Racing Limos of Dover to deliver its message as well, wrapping the hood of a limo with the “Click It or Ticket” message. Seat belt kits were sent to high schools with ideas and activities for the schools to help teach students about the importance of bucking up. Some schools even  set up a fake checkpoints for students as they were leaving the school parking lot. 
    Other OHS partnerships included collaborations with Chick-Fil-A in Camden and Dover International Speedway, which allowed bans to participate in seat belt activities.
    OHS has also established new partnerships this year with several little league organizations throughout the state to share its seat belt safety message with parents and children. During select games and tournaments, mascot appearances by the Wilmington Blue Rocks’ “Rocky,” the Shorebirds’ “Sherman” and OHS’s “Bucklebear.” Each mascot will be handing out custom Buckle Up baseball cards to kids to teach them about seat belt safety. 
    Page 2 of 2 - The next wave of seat belt enforcement campaign will take place Friday, June 6 through Thursday, June 19. The third campaign begins Friday, July 18 and lasts through Saturday, Aug. 2.

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