Toms River Motorists Reminded to 'Click It or Ticket'

Planning on driving down the shore or to a family barbecue on Memorial Day Weekend? Buckle up

As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety is urging everyone to buckle up. 

The 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign begins Monday, May 20 and runs through Monday, June 2, according to a news release from the agency. Police departments across New Jersey will crack down on motorists who are not belted.

"As we kick-off the busy summer driving season it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night – no excuses," said Division of Highway Traffic Safety Acting Director Gary Poedubicky in a statement. "Officers throughout New Jersey are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt."

Toms River is among the 124 law enforcement agencies to receive a $4,000 grant to fund seatbelt enforcement checkpoints and saturation patrols. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2011 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Last year, 86 percent of New Jersey police agencies, or 425 of 493, participated in the Click It or Ticket campaign.

The mobilization ran from May 21 to June 3 and resulted in 29,307 seat belt citations. Police officers also wrote 981 child restraint and 4,951 speeding citations, and made 861 DWI arrests, the release stated.

About 90 percent of police departments in New Jersey are expected to participate in the effort. The following Ocean County police departments received $4,000 grants to help aid in the targeted enforcement: Barnegat, Beachwood, Berkeley, Jackson, Lakehurst, Lakewood, Manchester, Toms River and Ship Bottom. 

. May 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Are they also prepared to ticket everyone that is talking on their phone or texting?
Deep Throat May 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM
I couldn't agree more. Its time to go after the cell phone users much more aggressively. It does seem stupid though that police departments have to receive a special grant to do something that is their job in the first place. So without the extra $4,000 they won't pull you over for not wearing a seatbelt? It seems silly to me that the state has to put out bounties to enforce the law, but what do I know.
Stan Buchwald May 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM
One cop,that's all I'm asking for. One cop in an undercover car outfitted with a few cameras,to just drive up and down Rt37. It will more than pay for itself in one day,not to mention it will make that road safer. Maybe even make some money for TRPD.
mjmjr May 19, 2013 at 12:57 PM
JIM COLETTO May 19, 2013 at 01:05 PM
there needs to be put forth a bill on cel phone usage in the car, there has to be some sort of system put into place, if an individual is using the cel phone while driving or texting while driving then there should be heavy heavy fines put into place, lets start with ALL MANDATORY> 1st offense : 3 months loss of license$1000 fine, 2nd offense: 1 year loss of license $2500 fine, and 3rd offense: loss of license for life from ever driving in any state and $10,000 fine...Yes these are heavy penalites, but then with so many accidents on the rise do to cel phone use is there any other way to really put a stop to this?........Jim JRC....:)
suz May 19, 2013 at 01:14 PM
I absolutely hate the fact that we are becoming a dictatorship country. If you know that not wearing a seat belt can kill you, but you choose not to do so...that is entirely your business and your business alone!! But having the government tell you that you must wear one is just wrong. Oh, I put on my seat belt to go only two blocks, by the way, but its MY choice! Yes, I so agree that talking and texting can take another persons life and should be a number one priority, not seat belts for pete sakes. Stop the texting and driving!!!!
Chief Wahoo May 19, 2013 at 02:47 PM
This is what your property taxes are paying for. The overpaid ticket writers , to fine you even more money to pay their salaries, benefits and pensions. The sheep not only are stupid , they have been fleeced.
Ken May 19, 2013 at 03:22 PM
The seat belt law and this whole ticket campaign is nothing more than another way for the townships to make money. Trust me they ar not concerned about your safety, they are just concerned about how much money they can make off of this. There are times when not wearing a seat belt can save your life, so how can it be a law where it forces you to wear one. Before someone says it can save a life by wearing one I understand that, but it still is possible by not wearing one may save your life.
Ortley Fulltimer May 19, 2013 at 03:25 PM
I agree. With all the cell phone users and texting, you couldn't print ticket books fast enough. A sure money maker and safer for all.
proud May 19, 2013 at 03:48 PM
What would you like to bet that the grant money is doled out as overtime?
Marynary May 19, 2013 at 05:42 PM
I have to agree with Suz about a Nanny state and a Nanny country. If you elect not to put on a seatbelt shame on you. Differnet story if you don't safely equip any children in your car. But then again the way the special interest groups keep pushing, your kids may be in car seats till the age of 18 within a few years. The newest push from a power hungry NTSB is to drop the DUI threshold to .05 NJ will probably be one of the first to go along with this. Most states will because they will not want to loose federal grant money. I don't drink so it will not effect me. But I can see over reaction as it happens and the simple fact is the .05 drivers are not creating the wrecks. The DRUNK ones are at .12 and above. The .08 law, as it now stands, is plenty low enough. But mark my words the NTSB will win and .05 will end up NJ law. As for all the cop haters out there. Motor vehicle laws are bad PR for cops but they are the only ones who can do it and keep the roads reasonable. City cops do a lot more than just give out tickets.
Halpha2 May 19, 2013 at 06:41 PM
You patch commenters make Corky from Life Goes On look like a genius.
grace May 19, 2013 at 09:59 PM
i dont know but the only person i am hurting by not wearing a seat belt is me..my choice if i want to or not..not the governments
grace May 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM
toms river police should start policing themselves..their drunk driving officers.. their non seat belt wearing officers.. their cell phone using officers.. their speeding officers.. their cover ups and so on...come on now hiding the event that happened at the school in january and i say no to mastro for sherriff!
i don't get it?? May 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Good Lord I sure hope so...and tickets to the idiots driving with their little yappy dogs on their laps too...how is that safe???!!!???
i don't get it?? May 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM
i don't get it?? May 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM
I do agree that no seatbelt is your right, but the rest of this is all preventative for the safety of others, and as I stated earlier, those driving with the little yappy dogs on your lap, you too are being stupid...and lowering the DUI limit is just RIDICULOUS...they as well hand you a summons when you order your second drink...I am COMPLETELY against Drunk Driving, but COME ON!!!
grace May 19, 2013 at 10:25 PM
maybe all cars need to come with breathilizers
letsgetreal May 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Best Comment on here I could not agree more...a lot of whiners!! LOL
JIM COLETTO May 20, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Hal your comments make you look bitter and small, i'm sure you must be a liberal who voted for obama...... :)
Stan Buchwald May 20, 2013 at 12:27 PM
They just raised the penalties . They just don't enforce the laws they have already. It's a cash cow until people get the message,and the only upside is after the fact,the roads will be safer. What am I missing here. For the cost of the first offence,you can have a hands free device installed in your car that will allow you to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. I understand the importance of seat belts,but why not look into the cause of the accidents themselves . Fix both problems.
Stan Buchwald May 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Oh it's comming butch,it's comming. Can you imagin the business APK will reap when all the drunks run out of money for the meters in Seaside. Priceless.
BillT May 20, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Who will ticket the cops that are driving and talking on the phones?
Sandra May 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM
I hope the cops at least stop a few cell phone users while they are watching for the seat belts. There sure are plenty of hands up to their ears these days.
Edward Studley May 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM
take the phones away for 30th days and fine them $500 first time 6 months and $1000 and see how fast every one gets a hands free


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