WESTPORT, Conn. — To help keep travelers safe during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Westport Police Department took part in a high-visibility Click It or Ticket campaign to hopefully reduce the number of fatalities and injuries that occur when vehicle passengers fail to buckle their seatbelts.
In Westport, the increased enforcement from Nov. 20 through Nov. 27 resulted in the issuance of 31 seat belt citations.
Westport police remind everyone: "Remember to buckle up!"
For the Click It Or Ticket effort, Westport police teamed with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and law enforcement agencies across the country.
"It should come as no surprise to local motorists that wearing seat belts is the law. Before and throughout the Click It or Ticket campaign, local motorists were warned that we would be patrolling heavily, and we still saw plenty of violations. This is a frustrating trend; seat belt use is essential to surviving a vehicle crash. Sometimes, it is a passenger’s only line of defense between life and death," police said in a statement.
In Connecticut, the law requires seat belt use for operators or passengers in the front seats of a vehicle, passengers in a vehicle operated by a person under age 18, and anyone in a vehicle under the age of 16 unless otherwise secured properly in a child safety seat. Violators face penalties of $92 to $120.
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