To increase safety on Pennsylvania’s roadways during the busy holiday season, law enforcement agencies in Erie, Mercer, and Venango counties will join the Pennsylvania State Police and nearly 250 local departments statewide to participate in increased seat-belt enforcement from November 19 through December 2.
Northwest Pennsylvania police agencies participating in the Click It or Ticket initiative include:
- Erie County – City of Erie Police Department and Millcreek Township Police Department;
- Mercer County – Hermitage Police Department; and
- Venango County – Franklin Police Department, Oil City Police Department, and Sugarcreek Police Department.
The enforcement is coordinated through PennDOT’s Buckle Up PA program and involves conducting seat-belt enforcement on roadway which data shows have low seat-belt use and high unbelted-crash rates. The goal of the mobilization is to encourage day and nighttime seat belt use through enforcement and public awareness activities.
In 2017, people not wearing a seat belt accounted for only 6.7 percent of all those involved in a crash in Pennsylvania, but 50.3 percent of the fatalities from all crashes.
According to PennDOT data, seat belts would have saved the lives of 350 people involved in crashes in 2017 and prevented 732 serious injuries.
The combination of lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduces the risk of fatal injuries to front seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent, and light truck occupants by 60 percent.
Below is a chart of the total number of people involved in crashes in Pennsylvania in 2017 based on seat belt usage.
|Belt in Use||Belt Not in Use||Belt Use Unknown|
|Total People in Crashes||222,408 (80.2%)||18,507 (6.7%)||36,400 (13.1%)|
|Fatalities||268 (35.7%)||378 (50.3%)||105 (14%)|
For more information on seat belt safety, visit www.penndot.gov/safety. Click on the traffic safety and driver topics tab.