Dover Police will be conducting saturation seat belt patrols through May 26.
Officer with the Dover Police Department have again partnered with the Delaware Office of Highway Safety for the Click It or Ticket Seat Belt Campaign.
The campaign will be in full effect with statewide overtime seat belt enforcement from May 12 to May 26, said department spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
In Dover, 30 saturation patrols to be conducted day and night by Dover Police; much of the enforcement will take place in the afternoons and evenings when the majority of unrestrained injuries and fatal crashes occur.
Delaware’s seat belt use rate is 92 percent compared to the national use rate of 86 percent. At this time last year, half of the 14 traffic fatalities in Delaware were not wearing seat belts compared to the current rate of 42 percent of 31 fatalities.
Delaware law requires drivers and all passengers, including those in the back seat, to wear a seat belt, Hoffman said. An officer can pull over a driver if he sees any person in the vehicle not wearing a seat belt, even if there is no other violation. Officers will be issuing citations for seat belt violations as part of a zero tolerance policy.
The ticket, which goes to the driver regardless of who is unbuckled in the vehicle, totals $83.50.