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Hellam, Carroll townships to increase teen seat belt enforcement

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

Police in Carroll and Hellam townships will increase seat belt enforcement for nearly two weeks as part of a statewide mobilization to promote safer driving habits among teens.

The Center for Traffic Safety announced the Teen Selt Belt Enforcement Mobilization started Monday, Oct. 16, and will formally end Friday, Oct. 27, according to a news release.

Penn State York sophomore Ashleigh Cummings of West York "drives" on a UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour simulator at the Penn State York campus Thursday, Sept.7, 2017. The college hosted the drunk driving and texting simulator which shows participants the dangers of drunk and distracted driving in a safe environment. Bill Kalina photo

More than 100 law enforcement agencies across Pennsylvania will participate in the mobilization over the 12-day period.

State law prohibits car occupants under 18 years of age from occupying a vehicle without a seat belt.

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During the enforcement blitz, if a driver is pulled over and has a minor in the car without a seat belt, the driver will receive a ticket for the unbuckled passenger along with the initial traffic violation, the release states.

The mobilization period will be coupled with educational outreach efforts centered on seat belt safety from local high schools, which include Northern High School and Eastern York High School in York County.

There will be increased enforcement in roads leading to participating schools, according to Barbara Zortman, director of the Center for Traffic Safety.

Several townships in Lancaster, Cumberland and Adams counties also will be participating in the mobilization, according to the release.