Westport police get funding for seat belt enforcement, car seat installations
Updated 12:00 am, Sunday, November 20, 2016
WESTPORT — Town police are getting some help in their efforts to install children’s car seats and make sure drivers wear seat belts on the road.
Westport police won a grant to provide child-safety seats for the community and one to carry out “Click It or Ticket” enforcement, the department announced Nov. 14.
The grant from the Children’s Medical Center, Safe Kids Connecticut and Department of Transportation will provide the police department with 25 car seats to be doled out as part of its installation program. According to the department, officers certified as child-safety seat technicians have installed more than 200 seats over the past five years.
The department also won an $8,000 state Department of Transportation grant earlier this month to run specific patrols targeting drivers not wearing a seat belt. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign effort will run in two parts: from Nov. 21 through 26, and from May 22 to June 4.