The Clinton County Traffic Safety program would like to announce the start of the “Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign. The current percentage rate of New York motorists that buckle up is 90%. This initiative is intended to increase this usage rate and to increase the safety of motorists by ensuring drivers and passengers are properly restrained. 21% of highway deaths in New York State occur to occupants who are unrestrained. Seat belts save 148 lives annually in New York State alone. This campaign will run from May 15th – June 4th, 2018. This initiative will be made possible through cooperative efforts of both state and local law enforcement agencies. Additional patrols and seat belt checkpoints will be in place to enforce New York State’s mandatory seat belt laws.
Using your seat belt is one of the most effective ways to reduce injury and save lives if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident. Seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%! Since motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, it is important to remember that seat belts are not an option. They are a way of life and they are the law. It is important for people to remember to start off any trip by buckling up. Proper safety belt use and child restraint use saves lives.
New York State Laws:
- All front seat occupants regardless of age must wear a safety restraint. The driver is responsible for all front seat passengers under the age of 16.
- All rear seat passengers under the age of 16.
- All children under 4 years old must be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat.
- Children ages 4,5,6, and 7 must be properly restrained in an appropriate child restraint system, one that meets the child’s height and weight recommendations according to the child restraint manufacturer.
The "Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket" campaign is funded by a grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.