Police increase enforcement of seat belt laws

Fresh off their Nov. 9-22 crackdown on distracted driving, Wilton Police, between Nov. 20 and 30, will be ticketing all who drive unbuckled.

According to a press release, officers will be patrolling Connecticut roads enforcing the state’s Occupant Protection Program, a Department of Transportation initiative missioned to maintain safety belt use rates at a level that is consistently above the national average.

“With the 2015 Thanksgiving Day holiday fast approaching, the Wilton Police Department intends to promote safe driving and increase the protection of all motorists,” the press release said.

“No excuses. Buckle up. It’s the law. It’s enforced. Click it or ticket!”

The Occupant Protection Program has resulted in steady, gradual increases in safety belt use in Connecticut over the “past several years,” the 2012 Connecticut Highway Safety Annual Report indicated.