In a press release from Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, the Geneseo Police Department would like to remind motorists of the importance of using seat belts and child safety restraints, and advise that all police will be running seat belt details to ensure the law is being followed.
“We along with the Sheriff’s Office, State Police and other Villages will do some details,” said Chief Osganian. “Here compliance is not too bad, statewide it’s about 90% compliance, and we’re about 94%. But as always if our officers spot a violation they will enforce the law.”
The Geneseo Police Department is participating in the national seat belt enforcement mobilization, which will run during the Memorial Day holiday and is designed to further improve highway safety. This initiative will urge motorists to buckle their safety belts or face receiving a ticket. The message is simple: “Click It or Ticket.”
The Buckle Up New York, “Click It or Ticket” enforcement and education initiative sends a clear message that seat belts and child safety seats save lives. New York State has been a leader in passenger safety restraint since enacting the very first seat belt law in the country in 1984 by utilizing efforts that combines public education with increased police enforcement of New York’s seat belt law.
Under New York State law, safety restraint use is required for: all front seat occupants regardless of age; all rear seat passengers under 16 years of age; children under age 4 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.
According to state statistics cited in Chief Osganian’s release, 21 percent of highway deaths in New York State occurred to occupants who were unrestrained. This was a greater factor than alcohol or excessive speed.
Inpatient hospital costs for unbelted crash victims are 50% higher than those for belted victims. Society pays 85% of those costs, not the crash victims.
New York’s zero-tolerance policy for seat belt violations means that violators will receive a ticket if stopped for not using a safety restraint. According to state law, motorists can be stopped in New York by a police officer for not wearing their seat belt; another violation is not necessary to initiate the stop.
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