Delaware’s recent Click It or Ticket patrols resulted in 1,014 tickets for seat belt violations, continuing a decline in recent years.
The State Office of Highway Safety says 17 law enforcement agencies stepped up their seat belt enforcement efforts between May 14th and May 28th with checkpoints and saturation patrols. The number of tickets issued was down 50-percent from just five years ago.
Seat belt usage in Delaware is believed to be about 90-percent. However, since January 1st of this year about half of all drivers and passengers who have been killed in vehicle crashes in the First State were not wearing seat belts.
The Click It or Ticket campaign also resulted in 165 tickets for violating Delaware’s ban on the use of cell phones while driving, 57 citations for child restraint violations, and 833 other traffic violations. Additionally, 31 people wanted by police were captured and 12 people were arrested for drug offenses.
Another wave of seat belt enforcement will take place from June 17th through June 30th, with additional campaigns later in the summer.