In a continuing effort to promote public safety, the Suffolk County Police Department will once again be participating in the Buckle Up New York-Click It or Ticket campaign from now through June 4.
Police officers throughout New York State will engage in this intensified enforcement effort that is coordinated and sponsored by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The objective is to increase compliance with seat belt and child safety seat provisions of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.
Suffolk County police officers will take a zero tolerance approach with those who violate New York State’s seat belt laws. Officers, including those assigned to the Aggressive Driving Task Force, will conduct numerous checkpoints and saturation patrols to raise the public’s awareness to the importance of wearing seat belts. Increasing seat belt and child safety seat use is one of the most effective ways to reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities.
New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law requires the use of safety restraints as follows:
All front seat occupants ages 8 and older must wear a seat belt.
- All rear seat passengers ages 8 through 15 must wear a seat belt.
- All children younger than 4 years old must be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat or if the child’s weight exceeds 40 pounds, in a child restraint system in conjunction with safety belts, the restraint system must meet size and weight recommendations of the manufacturer.
- Children ages 4 through 7 must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system, one that meets the child’s height and weight recommendations, according to the child restraint manufacturer. The vehicle’s safety belt alone is not a child restraint system.
Drivers are responsible for passengers younger than 16 years old who are found to be in violation of the law.