If you plan on being out on the roads, make sure you're wearing your seatbelt, because the police departments across the state will be issuing tickets as part of the 'Click It, Or Ticket' campaign.

Wearing a seat belt can help save your life in case of a car accident. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration that wearing a seat belt saved 14,668 lives in 2016 and could have saved another 2,456 people if they had been wearing seat belts. Seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front-seat, passenger car occupants by 45 percent and light-truck occupants by 60 percent.

“Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign to raise awareness about the importance of wearing seat belts. The statewide campaign, which runs from May 21 to June 3, is part of a national enforcement effort to encourage motorists, passengers and children to take the important step of wearing their seat belts every time they are on the roadway, according to a release from the New York State DMV.

Throughout the campaign, New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will use marked and unmarked vehicles, checkpoints, and roving details to patrol for unbelted drivers and front-seat passengers. New York law allows police to stop motorists for not wearing a seat belt even if they are not committing any other traffic infractions.

In 1984, New York became the first state in the nation to require drivers and front-seat passengers to buckle up. In 2017, 93% of NYS drivers and passengers buckled up.


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