Police on high alert for DUIs, motorists not wearing seat belts this holiday season
Law enforcement officers will be taking extra steps this holiday season to ensure drivers are sober and that they and their passengers are safely buckled up.
The annual "Operation Safe Holiday" reinforcement kicked off the "Click It or Ticket" campaign Monday and will run through Nov. 29, according to a release from state police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
In addition, police officers will be conducting impaired driving enforcement checks for drivers from Nov. 25 through Jan. 1.
Throughout November, both state and local police will be looking for drivers and front-seat passengers who aren't wearing seat belts. Officers also will be enforcing laws to ensure children are secured properly in child safety seats, according to a news release.
In Pennsylvania, children younger than 4 years old must be properly buckled in child safety seats. Additionally, children younger than 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat, and children ages 4 to 8 must be seated in booster seats, the release states.
In addition to seat belt checks, police officers will be conducting random DUI checks. Last year from mid-November to Jan. 1, there were 1,175 crashes resulting in 31 deaths, according to data provided by PennDOT.
“We can all do our part to prevent crashes and fatalities by designating a sober driver and always wearing a seat belt," said state Department of Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian in a news release. “This holiday season may look a little different, but no matter how far or near you travel, traffic safety is always important."
The holiday seat belt and impaired driving enforcement efforts are funded through PennDOT’s statewide annual distribution from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the release states.
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