RUMFORD – The Rumford Police Department, for the fourth year, has received a $2,000 grant to help with the enforcement of using seat belts.

Chief Stacy Carter said in a news releases that the stepped up, high-visibility enforcement patrol details will be conducted from May 19 through June 1.

The grant is from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety.

A new state seat belt law went into effect on Sept. 20, 2007, that allows law enforcement officers to summons vehicle operators and passengers age 18 and over for violating the seat belt requirement. Previously, summons were issued when an operator was stopped for some other traffic infraction.

The stepped-up enforcement is part of the “Buckle Up. No Excuses!” educational and enforcement program, part of the “Click It or Ticket” national campaign.

A $50 fine is assessed for a first offense, $125 for a second offense, and $250 for the third and additional offenses. A fine imposed under the seat belt law can’t be suspended by the court.

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