The Montclair Police Department will join law enforcement from around the country in cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign, beginning May 24 and running through June 6.

“Using a seat belt is the simplest way for motor vehicle occupants to protect
themselves on the road,” Eric Heitmann, director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, said. "Crash statistics show that in 2017 alone, seat belt use saved nearly 15,000 lives nationally.”

In New Jersey, a key focus of this year’s "Click It or Ticket" campaign is to promote seat belt usage by adults in all seating positions in the vehicle, both front and rear seats.

“For whatever reason there seems to be a disconnect with people feeling they
don’t need to buckle up when riding as passengers in rear seats, and this is a concern,”
Heitmann said. “By promoting back seat usage of seat belts during our Click It or Ticket
campaign, we’re encouraging passenger habits that will save lives.”

During the 2019, the "Click It or Ticket" campaign, 343 New Jersey police agencies participated in the two-week initiative. As a result of the effort, law enforcement officers issued 14,548 seat belt citations, 5,670 speeding summonses and made 858 impaired driving arrests.

The campaign was not held in 2020, because of the coronavirus pandemic.