DRBA Police Participate in Delaware Office of Highway Safety’s “Click-it or Ticket” Campaign
High Saturation Patrols Scheduled for Two Weeks in May
(New Castle, DE) Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) police officials announced that the department will participate in the Delaware Office of Highway Safety’s “Click-it or Ticket” seat belt campaign. “Click-it or Ticket” is a high-visibility enforcement operation combined with intense public awareness with the sole goal of raising seat belt use by drivers and passengers.
“Far too many people in our state continue to die as a result of being unrestrained when they are involved in a motor vehicle crash,” said Lt. Col. Jeffery Cook, acting police administrator for the Authority. “While seat belt use in Delaware was at 88% last year, it has steadily dropped from the record high of 91% achieved in 2010. Seat belt use is not only the law, but it may save your life.” Cook noted that wearing a seat belt decreases your risk of being seriously injured or killed in a crash by approximately 50%.
What: In May, the Click-it or Ticket campaign celebrates its 12th Anniversary. Authority police officers will conduct seat belt enforcement at the Delaware Memorial Bridge and on the approach roads to the facility. While much of the enforcement may occur in the afternoons and evenings when the majority of unrestrained injuries and fatal crashes occur, DRBA police units plan to conduct operations at all times during the period.
On Monday, May 20, Authority police officers will also participate in the Interstate BORDER TO BORDER “CLICK IT OR TICKET” kick-off involving law enforcement from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.
When: May 13, 2013 - May 27, 2013
Where: Delaware Memorial Bridge facility and approach highways
Why: The enforcement-based campaign increases awareness of the upcoming mobilization and makes drivers aware of the physical and financial consequences of not wearing a seat belt. Delaware Seat Belt laws require that everyone in the vehicle, including backseat passengers and children, must wear seat belts properly and lap and shoulder belts must be worn and shoulder belts must not be placed behind the back or under the arm. The vehicle driver will receive an $83.50 ticket for the failure of anyone in the vehicle to buckle up. Throughout the month, officers will be primarily looking for seat belt law violators, but they will also be on the lookout for impaired, aggressive and speeding drivers who - by the very nature of their risk-taking behavior - are less likely to wear seat belts. In Delaware last year, 50% of all occupant fatalities were individuals who were not wearing a seat belt
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Delaware City – Salem Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.