Haverhill Police to Boost Seat Belt Enforcement Patrols Ahead of National ‘Click It or Ticket’ Campaign

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The city’s police department is preparing to enforce seat belt use ahead of May 13’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign, using grant funding from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to increase awareness, Haverhill Police Deputy Chief Anthony Haugh said this week.

Through June 2, the Haverhill Police Department is one of 140 local departments taking part in the national visibility campaign aimed at reducing deaths due to drivers or passengers failing to wear seat belts.

“Reducing the number of people who are needlessly injured or killed in our community is our priority,” Haugh told WHAV in a statement. “These funds allow us to put more patrols in high crash locations and stress the importance of buckling up to motorists who are unbuckled.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 62 percent of the 207 people killed in Massachusetts motor vehicle crashes in 2017 were not wearing seat belts. Fines for not wearing a belt begin at $25 per violation.

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