In vehicle traffic law news, officials with the New York State Police have officially announced the results of this year's "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which ran from May 23 through June 5. Now, in its tenth year, the program is designed to remind both motorists and vehicle occupants of the importance of wearing a seat belt through increased patrols/checkpoints.
According to officials, local police and sheriff's departments across the state issued exactly 2,857 tickets for failing to wear a seat belt. In addition, 530 speeding tickets were issued and 45 DWI arrests were made during this two-week period.
"The number of arrests made during this initiative indicates that there are still too many individuals who have not made the connection between wearing seatbelts and saving lives," said Major Kevin G. Molinari. "It's a decision which makes absolutely no sense and we will continue to aggressively enforce all passenger restraint laws until total compliance is achieved."
It is important to remember that not wearing a seat belt is a primary offense in the state of New York. This means that any law enforcement official in the state can stop and ticket you solely for not wearing a seat belt.
Failure to observe the applicable seat belt laws can result in both tickets and license penalty points.
One of the more noteworthy aspects of this year's Click It or Ticket campaign was the decision by government officials to focus on increased seat belt enforcement during nighttime hours.
While this may seem curious, a recent analysis of car accidents in New York by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research revealed some very interesting statistics:
- Seat belt use among female drivers/occupants was 12 percent lower at night
- Seat belt use among male drivers/occupants was 11 percent lower at night
- Seat belt use among drivers/front seat passengers injured or killed in accidents was 5-6 percent lower at night
Stay tuned for developments from our New York traffic law blog ...
A ticket for violating a vehicle traffic law can result in serious consequences, including fines, points against your license, increased insurance rates, license suspension/revocation or even jail time. Accordingly, if you or a loved one has received a citation, don't just dismiss it.
Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.
Troopers report 'Click It or Ticket Results' (News Channel 34 - Binghamton)