Statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign is back through June 5

Published: May. 24, 2022 at 11:54 PM EDT
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BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) - The statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign began May 23 and will continue through Sunday, June 5. The recurring campaign is brought to the public’s attention to serve as a learning opportunity for motorists and passengers.

“Take two seconds and click your seatbelt,” said Lt. Jason Cease with New York State Police Troop C.

Here in New York, Lt. Cease said compliance when it comes to seat belts is at 94%. Despite the high percentage, this still translates to mean not everyone is taking the extra seconds to fasten a seat belt.

“There’s some counties where deaths from not wearing your seat belt have increased. We’re still out there trying to bring that number down. If we can just save one life, it’ll be worth it,” said Lt. Cease.

When hitting the road, the CDC Injury Center mentioned online that rear-seat passengers are less likely to wear a seat belt than front-seat passengers. In the Empire State, state and local police are partnering to crackdown on anyone not wearing a seat belt.

Lt. Cease talked with 12 News about some of the consequences. “You’re going to have to obviously go to court and/or pay a fine, which will additionally include a court surcharge. The fine can vary it depends on what the judge determines,” he said.

Chief Dodge with Johnson City Police Department gave specifics of his department’s approach. “We’re going to have some extra marked roving patrols out there focusing on seat belt violations. Then we’ll be having doing some unmarked details. We’ll have an unmarked car posted watching traffic and then calling out any violations they see to marked units who will be waiting down the street,” said Chief Dodge.

For anyone not complying any time of the year, Chief Dodge has a message. “We really don’t want to see people sustain unnecessary injury or see any unnecessary deaths over the lack of doing such a small thing,” he said.

During last year’s campaign, the Johnson City Police Department issued 13 tickets when it came to seat belt and child safety seats.

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