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Click it or Ticket Law Enforcement Campaign Continues Through Sunday


The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) is reminding drivers to buckle up or face getting a ticket as law enforcement agencies throughout the state will once again be participating in the annual campaign. The GTSC has also again teamed up with NASCAR driver Ross Chastain to promote seatbelt safety.

“Wearing a seat belt is a simple measure that dramatically reduces the risk of severe injury or death in a crash. The New York State Police is proud to partner with our law enforcement partners to strongly encourage the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats in motor vehicles. I thank the GTSC for their partnership in effort to reduce the senseless tragedies caused by those who ignore New York’s seat belt laws.”

New York State Police Superintendent Steven G. James said.

In 1984, New York was the first state to pass legislation requiring drivers and front seat passengers to use seat belts. In 2020, the Empire State further required back seat passengers to wear belts or be properly restrained in a child safety seat following the passage of additional legislation. Data compiled by the University at Albany’s Institute for Traffic Safety Management & Research shows seat belt compliance is consistently at or above 90 percent in the state each year.

Officials say the most effective device to save lives and prevent injuries in a vehicle is the seat belt.

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