Baltimore County Police from the Towson Precinct issued more than 50 seat belt citations in four hours during a recent evening patrol in downtown Towson.
According to the precinct, its Traffic Team unit conducted a "Night Time Seatbelt Enforcement Detail" at York Road and Burke Avenue, from 8 p.m. to midnight on May 10.
Police said officers from the department's Traffic Team and Community Action Team conducted 62 traffic stops, and issued a total of 55 citations for people not wearing seat belts.
In addition, the precinct noted eight citations for people using cell phones; four license violations, six miscellaneous citations; and four warnings for various infractions.
Maryland State Police and local law enforcement officials are currently engaged in the 2012 "Click It or Ticket" campaign to promote — and enforce — Maryland's mandatory seat belt law.
Drivers who are not restrained with a seat belt in Maryland are subject to a $25 fine for a first offense, and a driver transporting children under age 16 can receive a $48 fine for each child that is not properly restrained.
The campaign is specifically geared toward nighttime driving and seat belt use.
State police say that, according to 2010 data from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, compared with 42 percent during the daytime hours.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun