2017-05-19 / Community

Buckle Up, New York: Click It or Ticket

Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson announces the Garden City Police Department will be participating in the Statewide Buckle-Up New York, Click It or Ticket enforcement initiative from May 22nd through June 4th. The enforcement of seat belt and child restraint laws saves lives. During this initiative, highly visible patrols and checkpoints will be conducted throughout the Village, targeting non-compliance to occupant restraint laws including child safety seat laws. The goal of the Garden City Police Department’s Occupant Restraint Enforcement Program is to drastically reduce personal injuries and fatalities due to auto accidents through education and enforcement. According to the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), 2014 statistics show unrestrained or improperly restrained occupants account for 21% of highway deaths in New York, greater than alcohol related factors and speeding. Commissioner Jackson states that the Department’s participation in this effort has been made possible through funding received from the GTSC with assistance from the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board. The following is a brief overview from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee regarding New York State’s Seatbelt/Occupant Safety Laws:

All front seat occupants regardless of age must wear safety restraints. The driver is responsible for all front seat passengers under age 16.

All rear seat passengers under age 16 must wear safety restraints.

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.

Drivers will be accessed three points against their driver’s license for the conviction of occupant restraint laws regarding child passengers under 16 years of age.

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