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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.

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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