Local police to issue citations to drivers not wearing seatbelts

Massachusetts Law: All drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds were hurt, and 2 people were killed, as a result of car accidents in Holyoke last year, and police want to reduce those numbers.

The Holyoke Police Department is joining the Massachusetts State Police and law enforcement across the country for the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

According to the Highway Safety Division, 26% of Massachusetts drivers and passengers don’t buckle up. Under Massachusetts law, all drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts.

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Hannah Hwang of Hadley said, “As a driver I know the importance, and like we learn in school with all the videos, and with texting and driving, and all that. I think that plays into a factor as to why we should wear one.”

Holyoke Police Lieutenant Jim Albert told 22News officers will be in high traffic areas for the next few weeks, issuing citations for anyone who’s not strapped in. The fine for the first seatbelt violation is $25.

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