The "Buckle Up NY" campaign is off and running as dozens of motorists in the Hudson Valley learned first-hand Saturday morning.
A seatbelt checkpoint conducted by state police near the Westchester/Putnam border in conjunction with the effort resulted in 58 tickets being issued, state police said.
During the detail in Somers, troopers issued 39 tickets for seatbelt violations, three tickets for child restraint violations, and 16 tickets 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.