The first wave of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety’s seat belt enforcement campaign has resulted in 133 citations being served for seat belt violations.
The two week long statewide campaign began on Jan. 22 and ended Feb. 5, and targeted towns and cities where data showed seat belt use was lacking.
The campaign utilized roving and stationary traffic safety patrols.
Safety officials say the enforcement was pivotal given Delaware’s increase in unbelted occupant fatalities from 34% in 2010 to 50% in 2011. Officials also report two of the four drivers and passengers killed in motor vehicle crashes, as of Jan. 1 of this year, were not wearing seat belts.
The ticket which goes to the driver, regardless of who is not wearing a seatbelt in the vehicle, carries a cost of $83.50.
Office of Highway Safety officials say seat-belt enforcement will continue throughout the year.