The Easthampton Police Department, along with several others in the state, will be increasing their enforcement of the seat belt law as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign.
From Friday to May 28, Easthampton police will promote seat belt use through increased traffic enforcement. It’s all part of an effort to reduce motor vehicle deaths and injuries.
According to Easthampton police, Massachusetts has one of the lowest seat belt use rates in the country, at 74 percent.
“There’s a dangerous misconception that you don’t need a seat belt if you’re on a short trip,” said Jeff Larason, Director of the Massachusetts Highway Safety Division. “Nothing could be further from the truth. Most crashes happen close to home. Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to protect yourself from other drivers’ bad decisions. We’re asking all motorists to protect themselves by wearing a seatbelt on every trip.”
In total, 158 Massachusetts police departments are taking part in the campaign.