Delaware seat belt enforcement campaign results in 133 citations

A two-week long enforcement campaign in Delaware resulted in 133 citations for violating the state’s seat belt law.

The state Office of Highway Safety said the effort between January 22nd and February 5th focused on communities where seat belt use was found to be lacking based on previous data.  Delaware experienced an increase in fatal accidents in which the lack of the use of a seat belt was a factor from 34-percent in 2010 to 50-percent in 2011.  During the two-week period earlier this winter, five drivers were cited for violating child restraint requirements, 158 speeding citations were issued, 19 people were found in violation of the cellphone law, and nine people were arrested for DUI.  The campaign also resulted in the apprehension of ten wanted individuals, eight drug arrests, two weapons seizures, and 135 other traffic violations.  “We will continue seat belt enforcement year round including participation in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in May,” OHS Director Jana Simpler said, “and follow that up with three more waves of seat belt enforcement in June, July & August.”

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