Teen Seat Belt Enforcement
October 3, 2019
Lower Paxton Township Police Department, Safety Partners to Participate in 2019 Teen Seat Belt Enforcement
Lower Paxton Township, PA – As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs from October 20 through October 26, the Lower Paxton Township Police Department, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and Buckle Up PA today announced seat belt enforcement activities as part of a statewide Teen Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization to reduce teen injuries and fatalities. The enforcement activities will be conducted at Bishop McDevitt High School, Central Dauphin East Senior High School, and Dauphin County Technical School along with roadways that traverse to and from those locations.
Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest ways for teens to stay safe in a vehicle. Nationally, in 2017, there were 539 passengers killed in passenger vehicles driven by teen drivers, and more than half (60%) of those passengers who died were not buckled up at the time of the fatal crash. Even more troubling, when the teen driver was unbuckled, 87% of the passengers killed were also unbuckled.
The enforcement, coupled with educational outreach efforts, aims to increase teen seat belt use and raise awareness of the state’s primary law requiring all vehicle occupants under the age of 18 to wear a seat belt, regardless of seating position. Drivers and front-seat passengers over the age of 18 who are cited for another traffic violation will receive a second ticket if they’re unbuckled.
For more information on seat belt safety, visit PennDOT.gov/Safety