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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched its Click or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, which is scheduled to run over the Memorial Day Holiday. The national seat belt enforcement campaign will run from May 19th through June 1st. As part of this mobilization, law enforcement agencies nationwide will be cracking down on seat belt laws with a primary focus on men ages 18 to 34.
Pennsylvania 'Click It or Ticket' Mobilization
Pennsylvania's Click It or Ticket Enforcement will run from May 19th at 6:00 P.M. through June 8th at 6:00 P.M. In preparation for aggressive seat belt enforcement by police, people can expect:
- A focus on Nighttime Occupants;
- Targeted Traffic Enforcement Zone Details with enforcement focused on roadways with the highest unbelted crash rates;
- Designated Safety Checkpoints; and,
- Roving Seat Belt Patrols.
Seatbelt Enforcement or Pretext to Investigate?
Certainly, on its face, the promotion of public safety is a worthy cause. However, the purported basis for the seat belt enforcement campaign may have ulterior motives and run contrary to our basic privacy rights and personal freedoms.
Consider this: The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on the Memorial Day Holiday, men age 18 to 34, and nighttime enforcement. These factors, individually and collectively, are also associated with increased alcohol consumption and partying. Thus, 'seat belt' enforcement is arguably a pretext or excuse to give police an opportunity to observe, investigate, and search for evidence of drunk driving, drug use, and other criminal activity.
In lieu of erratic, unsafe driving or evidence of DUI or other criminal activity, the police only need to look for a seat belt violation. Consequently, failure to wear your seat belt does not just place your physical safety at risk. It places your rights and freedom at risk.
Keep it simple. Keep it safe.
Whether you are a driver or passenger in a vehicle, be sure to buckle your seat belt. First and foremost, in case of an accident, it could save your life. Short of an accident, it could save you from a ticket and fine.
Additionally, if you intend to drink alcohol, don't drive. Plan ahead by designating a sober driver. After a few adult beverages, our judgement becomes impaired and it becomes easier to make a poor decision. If a plan is already in place, the risks of making a bad choice is reduced.
When life happens, Shawn Curry Law can help.
Life happens. Despite the best of intentions, sometimes things can go a little sideways or spiral out of control. 'Sometimes' usually happens when our judgement is impaired as a result of alcohol and/or drug use. 'Sometimes' can easily coincide with a holiday party.
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