MLPD has partnered with PennDOT and Buckle Up PA in a campaign to reinforce safe driving practices and seat belt usage by teenage drivers. This initiative referred to as the “Teen Mobilization” is scheduled to occur from March 3 through March 21, 2014.
By the numbers:
- In Pennsylvania in 2012, there were 106 teenagers 16 to 19 years old who were killed in crashes.
- Of those teens, 92 of them did not have their seat belt on, and 68 of those were the driver.
- Seat belts were not worn by over 50 percent of people killed in occupant-related traffic crashes. The percentage rises significantly at night.
- 124,092 crashes occurred in Pennsylvania in 2012 resulting in 1,307 fatalities.
- 504 unbelted occupant fatalities
- 256 belted occupant fatalities
- 118 belt use unknown
- 415 non-occupant fatalities (motorcycle, pedestrian, etc.)
- Pennsylvania’s seat-belt usage rate 83.5 percent in 2012, a decrease from 83.8 percent in 2011.
- More than 124 law enforcement agencies will participate in this mobilization, from March 3 through March 21.
- Law enforcement will conduct seat belt informational sites at more than 180 high schools reaching an estimated 150,000 students statewide. A School Seat Belt Informational Site is conducted on private property, (i.e. school campus parking area or school roadways) not on state or local roads.
- Following the informational sites, agencies will conduct seat-belt enforcement on roadways near schools.
Next time you get behind the wheel, take a few seconds and buckle up.
If you or your passengers are under 18, you can get pulled over and ticketed for not wearing a seat belt.
It’s simple – law enforcement will be writing tickets to save lives, so buckle up.
Police will be out around our schools specifically to make sure you and your passengers are buckled up.
For additional facts and information on the Teen Mobilization, CLICK HERE.