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Brookfield Police: 'No Warnings and No Excuses'

The department is kicking off the 2012 "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign.


Brookfield police have a message for motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts — beware.

The town is joining Newtown, Bethel, Redding and Ridgefield police departments and highway safety advocates across the country to help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock during the 2012 "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

The effort kicks off today, Dec. 3, and extends through Dec. 16 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don't buckle up.

"Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy," said Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe. "Our goal is to save more lives, so the Newtown Police Department joined by the Bethel, Brookfield, Redding and Ridgefield Police Departments will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock."

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010 nationally, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, compared to 42 percent during the daytime hours.

Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year. NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.

Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk. NHTSA data shows that among teen and young adult passenger vehicle occupants in 2010, ages 18-34, which were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, 62 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash — the highest percentage of any age group. The number jumps to 66 percent when just men in this age group are included.

While this year's Click It or Ticket campaign runs from Dec. 3 through Dec. 16, Newtown police said motorists should know that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.

"Those who choose not to wear a seat belt will feel the heat from our officers who will be out cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators," Kehoe said. "Motorists should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night. Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up ... no warnings and no excuses. Click It or Ticket."

The above report is based on a press release from the Newtown Police Department.

Sam December 03, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Will the Brookfield Town employees, while driving town vehicles, be subjected to the same penalties as the rest of the law breakers or will they be excused?
Rob Gianazza December 03, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Seatbelts don't save lives, safe driving saves lives. Although well intentioned, this law is just another infringement. Why aren't our towns investing in video equipment to promote safer driving? Red light cameras are only useful as a support tool and should never be mistaken for real police work. Enforcing full stops at signed/signaled intersections, and enforcement of lane position will prevent accidents. Let's focus on preventing accidents instead of responding to the results of an accident.
Steven DeVaux December 03, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Are they a separate class of people?
Steven DeVaux December 03, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Well said.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Reader Mark Grosner commented on the Brookfield Patch Facebook page: "Even the most careful driver will sustain greater injuries during an accident by not wearing a seat belt." www.facebook.com/brookfieldpatch
Rob Gianazza December 03, 2012 at 07:27 PM
No argument there, that's why I choose to wear a seat belt. There's a big difference between choosing and being mandated.
Kevin O'Connor December 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Generally I would agree here. While all accidents can be considered preventable, that doesn't mean that greater enforcement laws covers all of them. For example, an accident with a deer crossing the road.. we can't give citations to deer who don't cross in marked deer crossing zones. We also can't increase deer hunting (remember the last time the subject was brought up here?). May I also remind you that Ralph Nader was the big push for laws requiring seat belt use, also a huge supporter of libertarian policy. Sure, you not wearing a seat belt doesn't hurt anyone else but tell that to the firemen and EMS crew pulling body parts out of trees. Not to mention, if these laws did not exist, your auto insurance rate would go up ten-fold. And yes, seat belts save lives. Elementary physics can explain that, save driving just reduces the chances that the seat belt will be used. I do agree that there needs to be increased enforcement of safe driving, it's incredibly important. To, however, say that doing so would eliminate the need for seat belts is ridiculous. You would need a cop to enforce every lane change and intersection and intercept a violation before a crash could occur. It's impossible. On top of that, sadly people don't respond to the increase enforcement. People can get multiple speeding tickets a year and still not stop speeding. Maybe on that section of road or for a brief period of time... but rarely does it change their nature.
Larry Samuel December 03, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Safe driving, enforcing the driving laws and real penalties for vehicular manslaughter and DUI saves lives. Even a totalitiarien nation that pads it's coffers with anti 1st admendment rights can't make a selfiish, stupid drivers safe.
Bobby Caselnova December 03, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Good question Sam. Steve, you would think they were. I heard CL&P drivers frequently get away with DUI in our area, if that's the case then I could only imagine the town workers would get away with more since they all know the cops in our small town.
Bobby Caselnova December 03, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I think it should be A LOT harder to get a driver's license in this state. The people who grade the road tests aren't strict enough at all. When I first got my license I watched about 30 kids take their road test before me, and they all passed. Some of them could barely park in a parking space, and a lot of them weren't even confident in their own driving skills at all, but the inspectors still seemed to pass everyone. Driving is serious business, putting an incompetent driver in control of a 4,000 lb car (or worse, a big SUV) can be more dangerous than putting a gun in their hands. We've all seen drivers of every age who shouldn't have licenses, we should be taking more steps to make sure our drivers are competent before they're licensed rather than have our NANNY (the government) rob our money because we forgot to put on, or don't want to put on our seat belts.
Rosemarie & Dale Corbin December 04, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Remenber the proper uniform for this type intrusion started out to be one with brown shirts with arm bands. Is it not wonderful we have bigbrother looking out for our safety. Write enough tickets and they might to turn it into a real profit center.
Wondering December 04, 2012 at 01:29 AM
And don't even begin to get me started on fluoridated water!
paul gonzales December 04, 2012 at 02:12 AM
no body gives a rats butt about your safety its all about money.an control = we are becoming slowly a police state. LOOK IF YOU WANT TO WEAR A BELT DO SO. I DO ITS MY CHOICE . AN I WEAR A HELMET WHEN I DRIVE MY HARLEY ITS MY CHOICE. CANT THE PEOPLE IN POSITION SEE WHATS HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTRY= GUN SALES ARE UP- CRIME IS UP. PEOPLE ARE ANGRY. C MON JOHNNY DO NOT PESTER THE PEOPLE WHO PAY YOU A GOOD SALARY AN BEANIES[ GO GET THE BAD GUYS ]
paul gonzales December 04, 2012 at 02:26 AM
LOOK YOU CANT LEGISLATE COMMON SENSE= ITS STILL A FREE COUNTRY SO FAR. LET FREE WILL REIGN= TO MUCH GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN OUR LIVES
Steven DeVaux December 04, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Paul, They can't legislate reality, yet they still try to here in Connecticut.
Steven DeVaux December 04, 2012 at 04:05 AM
It's over a year and they still haven't solved the accident at exit 9 where a car rear ended a boat on a trailer that was off the road.
Susan Balla December 04, 2012 at 05:07 AM
I hate to disagree with you all but if I was not wearing my seat belt when a deer hit me I would not be here talking to you. Seat belts have save me many times. When I do not wear one I do not feel safe. Please, please wear your seat belt. When I was 8 I almost went through the windshield when my grandmother hit another car. I am 60 now and still paying for it. Again please wear your seatbelt.
Ken December 04, 2012 at 05:30 AM
No commercial truck driver in any type of fleet role, over the road or a CL&P driver can EVER get away with a DUI. To make such a statement is defamatory and outrageous. One DUI violtion even off the job will result in immediate termination from any job involving a motor vehicle. Also, the insurance companies that cover these types of drivers require extensive background checks on all fleet drivers and pull all DMV records associated with each driver before they issue coverage. No employer would ever allow unsafe drivers in their fleet due to the liability risks. No insurance company will provide coverage to any fleet driver with even lesser multiple motor vehicle violations let alone an arrest for DUI.
Long time resident December 04, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I was in a car accident in town back in the mid '80's. Had I been wearing a seatbelt that day I would not be here to write about it. Yes, in the vast majority of cases it is better to have a seatbelt on but leave the choice up to the individual. The government should not be regulating seat belts and helmets. Cell phones, texting, etc. sure! They are trying to prevent innocent people from being killed by others but seat belts? Come on.
Long time resident December 04, 2012 at 04:17 PM
In a few years the police will be driving by with backscatter machines to make sure you are eating your vegetables at dinner time.
Bobby Caselnova December 04, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Ken, I fully understand the consequences these guys would face if caught driving under the influence (or any other violation), but that's the exact reason they are often let go. From what I've heard from three separate very reliable sources with inside information, many local police departments in our area don't bother the CL&P drivers after they've had a few drinks. I've also heard money often exchanges hands in these situations. If you want to believe that doesn't happen, I won't try to convince you that it does; it's probably better if a majority of the people don't know about the dirty things that go on behind the scenes. I've heard a lot of things about our police department that I won't say publicly out of fear of retaliation, and out of respect for the good folks on the force who make up the majority of the department.

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