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2022-06-07 07:20:45 By : Ms. NA LI

Photo submitted to Times Observer Law enforcement representatives participating in the Click-It-or-Ticket Border-to-Border program include (from left) Patrolman Michael Currie, Lakewood-Busti Police Department, Trooper Aaron Erickson, New York State Police, Deputy Justin Lingerfelter, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Matthew Rhinehart, Jamestown Police Department, Officer Charlie Andersen, Conewango Township Police, Patrolman Kyle Grey, City of Warren Police, Trooper Steven Carcaterro, Pennsylvania State Police, and Sgt. Brendan Murphy, New York State Police. Absent from photo, Youngsville Borough Police.

Warren County law enforcement agencies are participating in a cross-boundaries effort to save lives.

The Buckle-Up Initiative — Click-It-Or-Ticket Border-to-Border — runs from May 23 through June 12.

The program is funded by the National Highway Safety Administration and administered by Penn DOT.

“Seat belts save lives,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said. “Through continued enforcement and education, we hope to see more people buckling up and fewer fatal crashes on Pennsylvania’s roads.”

In 2021 there were 12,672 crashes in Pennsylvania where at least one occupant was not wearing a seat belt, resulting in 378 fatalities, according to PennDOT. In 2020, it is estimated that 94% of unbelted occupants, or 305 people, who were killed in crashes while traveling in passenger vehicles, including cars, small trucks, vans, and SUVs, could have survived if they had been buckled up.”

The initiative kicked off with an event focused on state borders.

“As part of the enforcement mobilization, state and local police, along with law enforcement across the United States, participated in a Border-to-Border initiative on May 23 to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders, reinforcing the states’ focus on safety,” according to PennDOT.

All drivers and front-seat passengers must buckle up, as must those under 18 in any seat.

“Children under the age of 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat, and children under the age of 4 must be restrained in an approved child safety seat,” PennDOT said. “Children must ride in a booster seat until their eighth birthday.”

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