Dover – Two hundred seventy-one (271) motorists were cited for not buckle up at night during the first seat belt enforcement campaign of 2013. Officers from 6 police departments plus Delaware State Police worked over 421 hours of overtime enforcement looking for unbelted motorists.
During the enforcement period, officers statewide also arrested 1 person for DUI, issued 73 cell phone citations, and cited another 96 drivers for speeding. Additionally, officers issued 13 citations to drivers for child restraint violations, apprehended 18 wanted persons, made 5 drug arrests, and issued 239 citations for a variety of other traffic violations.
Delaware law requires drivers and all passengers, including those in the back seat, to wear a seat belt. The lap and shoulder belts must be worn and shoulder belts must not be placed behind the back or under the arm. An officer can pull over a driver if they see any person in the vehicle not wearing a seat belt, even if there is no other violation. The next wave of seat belt enforcement will be part of the Click It or Ticket campaign in May.