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Berwick Police Announces Click It or Ticket Campaign

(Berwick, LA)Berwick Police Department is reminding drivers about the lifesaving benefits of wearing a seat belt for the next couple of weeks during the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s national Click or Ticket high – visibility enforcement effort. The seat belt campaign, which coincides with the Memorial Day holiday, runs from May 23 through  June 5, 2022.

Berwick Police Officers will be conducting seat belt check points during this period at an undisclosed location within the town limits of Berwick. Officers will be ticketing those drivers and occupants not wearing their seat belts, as well as child restraint violators.

While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that wearing your seat belt is the single most effective thing you can do to increase your chances of surviving a crash and/or limiting the severity of injuries during the event of a crash.

According to NHTSA, in 2020, there were 10,893 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 58% of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement.

Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In the Town Of Berwick, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $76.00. First offense is $51.00 and second offense is $76.00


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