|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
With Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season approaching, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania State Police are urging drivers to keep traffic safety top of mind when behind the wheel. The agencies will work with municipal police departments and other safety partners across the Commonwealth to participate in the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt education and enforcement initiative from Monday, May 17, through Sunday, June 6, 2021.
Pennsylvania law requires any occupant younger than 18 to buckle up when riding in a vehicle, as well as drivers and front-seat passengers. Children under the age of two must be secured in a rear-facing car seat, and children under the age of four must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children must ride in a booster seat until their eighth birthday.
In addition to adopting a zero-tolerance approach toward violators, troopers certified as child passenger safety technicians will offer car seat fittings and inspections throughout Pennsylvania, helping to ensure that car seats are in good working condition, installed properly and free from recalls.
A complete list of child passenger seat fitting stations is available at www.psp.pa.gov
As part of these efforts, state and local police, along with agencies across the country, will participate in a one day Border-to-Border initiative on Monday, May 24, to provide increased seat belt enforcement at state borders, reinforcing the focus on traffic safety.
PennDOT data shows there were 11,265 crashes in 2020, where at least one occupant was not wearing a seat belt, resulting in 348 fatalities.
Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office