(WBNG Binghamton) Captain Eric C. Janis announced Wednesday that troopers issued 1,489 tickets in Troop "C" for violations of the state’s mandatory seatbelt laws, including 51 child restraint violations, during the recent two-week enforcement mobilization, May 20 – June 2, 2013.
According to a news release:
During the zero tolerance Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket enforcement effort, troopers joined with local police and sheriffs’ departments statewide to increase seatbelt use in advance of the impending summer travel season.
New York law enforcement agencies have been conducting the Buckle Up New York effort each Memorial Day since 1999. Prior to the campaign, fewer than 75% of New York State motorists were using safety belts. The continual enforcement and education efforts have steadily increased belt use to more than 90% today. As a result, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles records indicate that unbelted traffic fatalities have dropped 73% since the start of the campaign.
"Traffic safety is one of the priorities of the state police and we will continue to enforce all passenger restraint laws. The number of arrests made during this initiative indicates that there are still too many individuals who have not made the connection between wearing seatbelts and saving lives," said Captain Janis.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that seatbelts alone reduce the risk of fatal injuries by 45% for front seat passenger car occupants – and by 60% for pickup truck, SUV, and van occupants.
In addition to the 1,489 seatbelt tickets issued, troopers made 39 DWI arrests, ticketed 689 drivers for speeding, and issued 145 distracted driver tickets during the two-week period.