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Released: 5/12/2008 

DRPA Targets Seat Belt Violators through “Click It or Ticket” Campaign

Beginning May 19th and running through June 2nd, the Delaware River Port Authority’s Public Safety Department will join law enforcement officers throughout South Jersey to step up enforcement and education of the state’s Primary Seat Belt Law. The enforcement and education program comes as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

“The use of seat belts is one of the most effec¬tive means of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in traffic crashes,” said John J. Matheussen, Chief Executive Officer of DRPA and President of PATCO. “The intent of the Click It or Ticket campaign is simple – to save lives and prevent injuries.”

The campaign, sponsored and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is part of the state's annual effort to increase seat belt use through a combination of heavy enforcement, advertising and public awareness campaigns.

Last year, the seat belt usage rate in New Jersey rose for the 11th consecutive year to 91.4 percent.

The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency. DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross bridges, PATCO, the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal and the RiverLink Ferry.

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