Local police departments looking for unbuckled drivers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Local police departments across the state will be looking for drivers who aren’t wearing their seat belts during the Monday evening commute.

The “Border to Border” seat belt enforcement operation is from 4-8 p.m. It’s part of the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign runs through the first week of June.

“Our message is simple: law enforcement will be writing seat belt tickets to save lives,” said Jeff Bowman, the law enforcement liaison for the Buckle Up Pennsylvania program.

Officers will be paying special attention to those on the roads at night and teenage drivers.

Barbara Zortman, director of the Center for Traffic Safety, said 15 percent of people in Pennsylvania do not wear seat belts.

“You almost have to live under a rock not to know that you should be buckling up,” she said. “That’s where enforcement comes in. If we can’t educate you into buckling up, then maybe we can enforce you into buckling up.”

Zortman said recent numbers show Lebanon County is the place where most unrestrained drivers have been killed.

“You definitely can prevent – if there is going to be a crash – yourself from being injured or killed and your occupants by buckling up,” she said.

The following police departments in south central Pennsylvania will be involved in the “Border to Border” operation:

Adams County
Carroll Valley, Cumberland Township, Eastern Adams Regional

Cumberland County
Camp Hill, Carlisle, East Pennsboro, Hampden Township, Mechanicsburg, North Middleton Township, Silver Spring Township, Upper Allen Township, West Shore Regional

Dauphin County
Derry Township, Harrisburg, Lower Paxton Township, Susquehanna Township, Swatara Township

Franklin County
Washington Township

Lancaster County
Columbia, East Hempfield Township, East Lampeter Township, Lancaster, Manheim, Manheim Township, Mount Joy, Northern Lancaster County Regional, Northwest Lancaster County Regional, Southern Regional, Susquehanna Regional, West Earl Township, West Hempfield Township, West Lampeter Township

Lebanon County
Lebanon, North Cornwall Township, North Lebanon Township, South Londonderry Township

York County
Carroll Township, Hanover, Lower Windsor Township, Northeastern Regional, Springettsbury Township, West Manchester Township, York Area Regional, York

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