Midstate police departments step-up seatbelt enforcement

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | May 25, 2013 6:02 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Midstate police departments are stepping up seat-belt enforcement as part of a national safety campaign.

The "Click It or Ticket" effort brings together state troopers, local officers and PennDOT to highlight seatbelt laws and the importance of the restraints.

PennDOT spokeswoman Erin Waters-Trasatt says the department has done a lot of work to get the word out as the summer travel season begins this weekend.

"We have radio messages and videos, which you can see on our newly launched YouTube channel, if you look for the 'Just Buckle Up' videos," Waters-Trasatt says. "We're hitting people on all fronts to make sure this is top-of-mind for them when they get in their seats in their vehicle."

Waters-Trasatt says 503 people were killed in unbelted crashes in the commonwealth last year, down six from 2011.

"Click It or Ticket" is an annual federal effort which runs through June 2.

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