Law enforcement agencies across the Tri-state today began clamping down on seat belt violations on the road with the "Click It or Ticket" program which launched nation wide.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that while seat belt use is at a record high 84 percent nationwide, 45 million Americans are still not buckling up.
The “Click it or Ticket” campaign, now in it's tenth year, is a zero-tolerance enforcement strategy aimed at improving those numbers.
The effort will run until June 6.
The mobilization, expected to involve more than 10,000 police agencies, is supported by $8 million in national advertising funded through Congress and coordinated by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
What many motorists found out in New Jersey today is that a new law enacted in January means that even passengers in the back seat much wear seatbelts, or be subject to a $46 fine.
In New York, the driver and each passenger in the front seat must wear a seat belt. In the back seat, each passenger under age 16 must wear a seat belt. The driver must make sure that each passenger under age 16 obeys the law, or they can be fined $25 to $100 and receive three driver license penalty points for each violation.
Seat belt use is not required in taxis or livery vehicles, emergency vehicles or by passengers in buses other than school buses.