Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce 13 law enforcement agencies/municipalities throughout Dutchess County will participate in the “Buckle Up New York, Click it…Or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign, receiving a total of $56,000. “Buckle Up New York” is a statewide high visibility, zero tolerance enforcement and education campaign designed to save lives and reduce the severity of injuries by increasing seatbelt use.
County Executive Steinhaus encourages the residents of Dutchess County to buckle up, because seat belts help save lives. The County Executive stated, “Seat belts, whether used by an individual or used to secure your child’s safety seat, can play a vital role in protecting you and your family. If worn properly, seat belts will absorb the force of a crash impact and hold you securely in place, reducing your risk of injury and, in some cases, even saving a life. Increasing seat belt use is the most effective way to reduce crash related injuries and fatalities.”
The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board grant funding of $56,000 was made available through the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Police agencies will conduct increased seatbelt enforcement during two (2) specific enforcement waves or mobilizations scheduled to start in November 2006, as well as in May 2007.
Research clearly indicates that the use of safety belts has a significant effect in reducing the numbers of deaths and severity of injuries resulting from traffic crashes. In 1984, New York State became the first state to enact a mandatory seat belt law, which became effective in 1985 and is a primary enforcement law, which means that a police officer may stop you for not wearing a seat belt. New York State’s occupant restraint law states: the driver and all front seat passengers must wear seat belts. Also, all children under the age of seven must be restrained in a child safety or booster seat, and children under the age of 16 riding in the back seat must wear seat belts.
The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board is a coalition of law enforcement, education, health and service agencies and individuals committed to ensuring our streets, sidewalks, and residents remain safe.