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yourmoontwp.com Pittsburgh, PA | Nov 24, 2004

Moon Police want to make sure area drivers buckle up and slow down over the coming Thanksgiving holiday. Police announced the township department has received a $2,000 seat belt enforcement grant, which will enable officers to conduct patrols over the busy travel week of Nov. 21 to 27.

The grant is part of the “Buckle Up Pennsylvania” state program.

During the week, officers will be out on special assignments checking for speeding vehicles. When a person is stopped for speeding as a primary violation and is found not wearing a seat belt, a second citation will be issued.

Moon Police have been making many efforts this year to reduce the number of speeding drivers in the community, including the purchase of SPEEDsentry devices through a state grant and conducting education programs.

A traffic study conducted by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) earlier this year determined speeding and traveling too fast for conditions were the primary contributing factors to crashes on Flaugherty Run Road, which has been the scene of 18 fatal accidents since January 2000.

Captain Leo McCarthy said wearing a seatbelt and having a child restrained in a proper child safety seat dramatically reduces the probability of serious bodily injury or death.

In a traffic crash, an unrestrained adult could easily injure or kill a child present in the vehicle.

“Traffic safety is not about fines and points,” said McCarthy.

“It’s about the safety of people and their children. Our goal of greater compliance of the law is consistent with those safety issues.”

Moon Police are encouraging township residents to take advantage of its extensive child safety program, which includes seven certified child safety seat technicians. Residents are welcome to call the Moon Police Department for an appointment for a free inspection or seat installation.

Gifts are also available for children to re-enforce positive behavior.

Direct all media inquiries to:
Lori Miles
All Traffic Solutions Marketing Manager
Calder Square, PO Box 10085
State College, PA 16805-0085
814-237-9005 Ext. 205
lmiles@alltrafficsolutions.com

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