A seatbelt checkpoint conducted by state police on Route 35 in Northern Westchester in conjunction with the recently launched "Buckle Up" campaign resulted in 40 tickets being issued on Thursday, state police said.
During the detail in Bedford, troopers issued 24 tickets for seatbelt violations, one for cell phone use and 15 tickets for other violations of the vehicle and traffic Law. In addition, One arrest was made for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation second degree, a Misdemeanor. for other violations of the vehicle and traffic law.
Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep drivers and their families safe, the national seat belt campaign started Monday and runs through June 4.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were not wearing seat belts. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 57 percent of those killed.
Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2015, more than half (52%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 42 percent were not buckled up.
This is who must wear safety restraints:
- All front seat occupants regardless of age. The driver is responsible for all front seat passengers under age 16.
- All rear seat passengers under age 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.