Seat belt enforcement effort to start Monday in Westerly, Stonington

Seat belt enforcement effort to start Monday in Westerly, Stonington

The Westerly Sun


Westerly and Stonington police will team up Monday to send a pre-holiday message to motorists throughout the region: Buckle up, or pay up.

The Westerly Police Department and Stonington Police Department, assisted by troopers with the Connecticut State Police and Rhode Island State Police, will conduct a “border to border” campaign, setting up at the bridge along Route 1 at the Westerly-Pawcatuck line to conduct a seat belt enforcement checkpoint. The effort will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., officials said, and motorists should expect minor delays.

Westerly Police Lt. Steven Johnson said the effort is intended to promote safe driving habits heading into Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer season. “This is the second straight year we will be conducting the campaign,” Johnson said. “Unfortunately, what we found last year were quite a few people were driving in violation of state seat belt laws and we were forced to issue a number of tickets despite being visible, standing on the island so people could see us in advance.”

Johnson and Stonington Police Capt. Todd Olson said the enforcement effort, which is part of the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign, is funded through each state’s Department of Transportation safety office. It will include not only the formal checkpoint on Monday, but roving patrols in both communities during the course of the campaign, which runs from May 22 to June 4.

“With the 2017 Memorial Day holiday approaching, the Stonington Police Department and other law enforcement agencies intend to promote safe driving and increase the protection of all motorists,” Olson said in a press release.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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