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Naugatuck Police Step Up Seat Belt Enforcement Ahead of Memorial Day

Police are warning drivers to buckle up or pay the price.

Naugatuck police want to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. In order to enforce this reminder, the Naugatuck Police Department has stepped up enforcement as of Monday.

As part of the larger national Click It or Ticket campaign, the department will be on the lookout for drivers not wearing their seat belts, including setting up checkpoints around town.

The campaign runs from now through June 1.

“Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” Lt. Bryan Cammarata said. “If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”

Driving fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in 5 years, according to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle accidents were not wearing their seat belts.

NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during nighttime hours (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts.

“We are determined to help bring these numbers down,” Cammarata said. “There are too many people dying on the roads and many of those deaths could have been prevented if people took the simple step of wearing their seat belt.”

“We will be handing out tickets year-round to those who still haven’t gotten the message,” he added.
Eric May 20, 2014 at 06:04 AM
Love it!!!
John May 20, 2014 at 06:47 AM
Yup a few days ago saw a driver using her cell phone right in front of a cop and he did absolutely nothing.
Rocky Vitale May 20, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Driving without a seatbelt also endangers others. Easy to lose control if your slightly hit and fly out of the seat. I believe the police do the best that they can to enforce all laws. Just not enough officers to go around.
Leslie May 20, 2014 at 11:45 PM
Like driving a car without a seatbelt is more dangerous than driving a motorcycle? Ticketing for seatbelts is a money maker.
John May 21, 2014 at 01:09 AM
I understand there is not enough officers. But when someone is doing something illegal right in front of cop and all he is doing is sitting there it's kinda BS. Maybe because it was a good looking female it was OK for her to be looking down at her phone and driving.

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