Newtown Police: 'No Warnings and No Excuses'

The department is kicking off the 2012 "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign.

Newtown police have a message for motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts — beware.

The town is joining Bethel, Brookfield, Redding and Ridgefield police departments and highway safety advocates across the country to help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock during the 2012 Click It or Ticket campaign.

The effort kicks off today, Dec. 3, and extends through Dec. 16 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don't buckle up.

"Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy," said Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe. "Our goal is to save more lives, so the Newtown Police Department joined by the Bethel, Brookfield, Redding and Ridgefield Police Departments will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock."

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010 nationally, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, compared to 42 percent during the daytime hours.

Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year. NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.

Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk. NHTSA data shows that among teen and young adult passenger vehicle occupants in 2010, ages 18-34, which were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, 62 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash — the highest percentage of any age group. The number jumps to 66 percent when just men in this age group are included.

While this year's Click It or Ticket campaign runs from Dec. 3 through Dec. 16, Newtown police said motorists should know that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.

"Those who choose not to wear a seat belt will feel the heat from our officers who will be out cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators," Kehoe said. "Motorists should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night. Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up ... no warnings and no excuses. Click It or Ticket."

The above report is based on a press release from the Newtown Police Department.

Anonymous December 04, 2012 at 01:24 AM
The speed bumps in question are on Key Rock, not Poverty Hollow (as far as I am aware) and as a resident who had several instances of my mailbox being taken out and twice seen people pass the stopped school bus picking up my child I can safely say that no amount of additional signage or reduction in the legal limit was going to help. I wish we had a few more on Key Rock to stop people from taking off like a rocket the moment they get over the last hump. On roads with chronic speeding issues the humps seem to be the only thing that works. Don't want to pay for them, then slow the heck down.
yoda December 04, 2012 at 04:34 PM
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Max Power December 07, 2012 at 12:20 PM
This one is really simple folks. It's the law to wear your seatbelt, and on top of it all, it could save your life. If you obey the law then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. I'm sure most that are complaining here don't obey this law. Did you hear about the high school students who were rear-ended on the highway by a drunk driver last week? Two of them died, one of whom was ejected from the vehicle. Would it have been different if they had been wearing seatbelts? Could a prior ticket in a Big Y parking lot have changed their minds about wearing seat belts? We'll never know, because the police probably never enforced the seat belt law with them. Aren't they in the age group talked about in this article.
eleni russell December 07, 2012 at 06:13 PM
i'm so sick and tired of law enforcement telling me to wear a seat belt..why not go after the drunk drivers absolutely out to kill someone, and the cell phone users, i've seen cops drive right by someone blatently using their cell phone, cops cant be bothered even when the perpetrator is in sight. so please..stop the nonsense, go after those who might kill us. Be on the look out for drunks, cell phone abusers, and lets not forget the ones who speed right through red lights and stop signs..go after them.
Average Joe December 12, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Why is it when there is a seatbelt wave everyone gets upset and says they should be looking for drunks. Yet when they do DUI checkpoints people complain its a waste of money. I guess they are wrong no matter which law they are enforcing, not like that's their job.


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