As part of seatbelt enforcement effort, the state Department of Transportation as teamed up with state and local police.
The effort, part of a national "Click It or Ticket," will emphasize on the state's primary seatbelt law and will include outreach to boost awareness of seatbelt safety and laws.
Police will also focus on nighttime seat-belt enforcement, as 293 unbuckled fatalities occurred last year between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., including 145 between 10 p.m. and 2:59 a.m., according to PennDOT.
Pennsylvania's primary seatbelt law requires drivers and passengers under 18 years old to buckle up and children under the age of four to be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in a booster seat. In addition, children ages 8 to 18 must wear a seatbelt when riding in a vehicle.
Also, drivers and front-seat passengers 18 years old or older are required to buckle up. If motorists are stopped for a traffic violation and are not wearing their seat belt, they can receive a second ticket and second fine.
More than 600 municipal police departments and state police will participate in the enforcement. Funding comes from part of PennDOT's statewide distribution of $1.5 million in federal funds.