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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Roy Boyce
Traffic Safety Board Coordinator
(845) 486-3602

For Immediate Release

May 5, 1999


Steinhaus Announces Buckle-Up Week in Dutchess County


Poughkeepsie, NY - Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today that the County Traffic Safety Board will join with the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee in spearheading the Buckle Up! New York campaign in Dutchess County.

This is the first of three waves of highly visible enforcement for 1999, aimed at increasing occupant restraint compliance to 85 percent, from the current 75 percent. All law enforcement agencies are being called upon to increase occupant restraint enforcement, and, if possible, ensure more visible efforts to enforce seatbelt use. The week of May 22 - 31 is being set aside as Buckle Up! Dutchess week.

"While public information and education is an important tool, nothing sends the message as clearly as enforcement," explained Mr. Steinhaus. "The Traffic Safety Board and I are asking all law enforcement agencies to step up seat belt enforcement during this week in May."

The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board will assist local enforcement agencies in organizing their own programs and enforcement during this important week. The County program will run concurrently with the New York State and National occupant enforcement efforts.

"If the goal of 85 percent compliance is met, - we will save 200 lives each year in New York State, and over $400 million in costs related to traffic crashes," the County Executive added. "If each of us takes the time to buckle up, the life we save just might be our own!"

May has been designated Seat Belt Awareness Month by the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board.



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