Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners declared their support for the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt mobilization campaign by presenting a proclamation to the North Bergen Police Department at the commission meeting on May 23, 2018.
The campaign, which runs from May 21 to June 3, is designed to raise awareness and increase seat belt usage through a combination of high visibility enforcement and public education.
There were 626 motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey in 2017. Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to avoid death or serious injury in a motor vehicle crash. The national Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 135,000 lives were saved by safety belt usage nationally between 1975 and 2000.
The Division of Highway Traffic Safety has set a goal of increasing the seat belt usage rate in the state from the current level of 94% to 95.5%.