Over the next year, the Woburn Police Department will be cracking down on unsafe drivers thanks to a partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety’s Highway Safety Division and close to 100 police departments statewide.
Woburn officers will be participating in Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdowns two times apiece between now and September 1, 2014. The first campaign is in full swing, as the first Click It or Ticket crackdown began on October 18 and runs through November 1.
According to a press release, Woburn Police will be enforcing the seat belt law around the clock this Halloween season, ticketing any drivers or passengers found not wearing a seat belt.
Police said that crash data from October 2011 showed that in Massachusetts there were 37 fatalities and over 275 people with incapacitating injuries who were not wearing a seat belt.
“We will be showing zero tolerance for anyone who is not wearing a seat belt. Our simple goal is to save more lives,” said Lt. Chris Wackrow. “Unfortunately, too many motorists will need a tough reminder that this quick, life saving measure protects them and their loved ones. If necessary, we’ll remind them that they’re breaking the law by not wearing a seat belt, which has serious consequences.”
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved almost 12,000 lives nationwide in 2011.
The second Click it or Ticket campaign will run from May 12-26 next year. In addition, a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is slated for December 13, 2013, through January 1, 2014, and another will take place from August 13-September 1 of next year.