Teen Education and Enforcement Mobilization is scheduled for October 14 – October 26, 2019
Over 97 law enforcement agencies across Pennsylvania have agreed to participate in the 13-day Teen Seat Belt Mobilization scheduled from October 14 – October 26, 2019. This Teen Mobilization will coincide with the National Teen Driver Safety Week. The goal of the mobilization is very specific; save young lives by increasing belt use among drivers and passengers under the age of 18 through a coordinated enforcement and educational campaign. The focus will primarily be on youth drivers (under the age of 18) on school campuses, select youth events, and targeted roadways around their high schools. The goal of the mobilization is to reach over 120 secondary schools and contact 50,000 students.
This mobilization emphasizes enforcement as a key strategy to achieving the identified goal. Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) will be issuing seat belt citations when appropriate. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States – ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence. In 2017, over 50% of the people killed in Pennsylvania occupant-related traffic crashes were unbelted. Drivers and passengers under the age of 18, regardless of seating position, are required to be secured in a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system. This is a primary offense and an officer is authorized to stop the vehicle solely on that violation.
All participating LEAs will complete one (1) Seat Belt Informational Site per secondary school, on or around the school campus, work with the school and local media to generate earned media and public awareness, complete school presentations and then conduct targeted teen seat belt enforcement.
Law enforcement officers will work with their schools to present in-class “Survival 101” and “Sixteen Minutes “programs. “Survival 101” is a dynamic 35-to 45-minute multimedia presentation geared toward middle and high school students. In addition to occupant protection it covers unsafe driving practices, crash dynamics, consequences and preventive safety measures. Each session is led by a police officer with first-hand experience and includes topics like distracted driving with an emphasis on cell phones and texting, as well as aggressive driving and fatigue.
“Sixteen Minutes” is a targeted 16-minute program for students approaching their 16th
birthday. Held in monthly small group sessions, the program gives students a chance to talk personally with a trained law enforcement officer before getting behind the wheel for the first time.