Operation Safe Holiday

Police on lookout for seat belt, child seat use

November 19, 2020 Cranberry Local News

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State and local police will be on patrol for Operation Safe Holiday through Nov. 29.

Operation Safe Holiday kicked off Monday with the “Click It or Ticket” Thanksgiving enforcement mobilization running through Nov. 29. State and local police will be on the lookout to ensure drivers and front-seat passengers are buckled up, and children are secured in properly installed child safety seats.

In Pennsylvania, children younger than age 4 must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat. Children under 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat until the child outgrows the maximum weight and height limits designated by the manufacturer. Booster seats are required for children ages 4 to 8 to keep them protected in the event of a crash.

Operation Safe Holiday continues with the holiday season impaired driving campaign that runs from Nov. 25 through New Year’s Day. Law enforcement will conduct impaired driving enforcement details, with zero tolerance toward drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 1,175 crashes resulting in 31 deaths during the same period in 2019.

Drivers are also reminded to obey the state Move Over Law, which requires drivers to move over or slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop or disabled vehicle.

The holiday seat belt and impaired driving enforcements are funded through PennDOT’s statewide annual distribution from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Holiday travel is not recommended because of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

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