New Jersey joins Click it or Ticket seat belt campaign. Here's what you should know.

The law in New Jersey says everyone must be buckled up regardless of where they’re sitting in the car.

Lauren Due and Lanette Espy

May 20, 2024, 9:45 AM

Updated 24 days ago

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Drivers will likely see additional law enforcement on the roads as Memorial Day weekend nears. The national Click it or Ticket campaign starts today and will run through June 2.
The campaign promotes safe driving, reduces deadly crashes, and is set to remind people of the legal consequences of not wearing a seat belt.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
  • 92% of drivers use seat belts.
  • 57% of deaths in night crashes were not wearing a seat belt.
  • 60% of young adults killed were not buckled.
  • And in 2022, 11,302 passengers killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts.

Fines for not wearing a seat belt

The law in New Jersey says everyone must be buckled up regardless of where they’re sitting in the car. It’s a primary offense if the driver or front seat passenger are not wearing a seat belt. A police officer may stop a vehicle and issue a ticket for this violation.
Not wearing a seatbelt in the back seat is a secondary offense. A police officer may only issue a ticket to an adult passenger if the driver of the vehicle has committed another motor vehicle offense.


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