We will have representatives from the Township of Bethlehem Police Department on campus this Friday, October 26th, distributing literature regarding the state-wide Buckle Up PA initiative. This is a community outreach to assist our young drivers in building awareness of the safety benefits and laws around seatbelt use for teens.
Here are details found at the Buckle Up PA website regarding the program:
This mobilization emphasizes enforcement as a key strategy for achieving the identified goal. Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) will be issuing seat belt citations when appropriate. Drivers and passengers under the age of 18, regardless of seating position, are required to be secured in a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system. This is a primary offense and an officer is authorized to stop the vehicle solely on that violation. The cost for conviction is a minimum of $60.00 for teens.
Over 105 law enforcement agencies across Pennsylvania have agreed to participate in the 13-day Teen Seat Belt Mobilization scheduled from October 22 – November 3, 2018. This Teen Mobilization will coincide with the National Teen Driver Safety Week. The goal of the mobilization is very specific; save young lives by increasing belt use among drivers and passengers under the age of 18 through a coordinated enforcement and educational campaign. The focus will primarily be on youth drivers (under the age of 18) on school campuses, targeted youth events, and on roadways around their high schools. The goal of the mobilization is to reach over 120 secondary schools and contact 50,000 students.