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New York kicks off annual 'Click It or Ticket' campaign

In vehicle traffic law news, Monday marked the official start of the "Click It or Ticket" campaign in the state of New York. 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 stepped up enforcement.

Consequently, from May 23 through June 5, law enforcement agencies from all corners of the state will be increasing their patrols/checkpoints to catch those not wearing their seat belts.

Last year's Click It or Ticket campaign saw law enforcement officials in New York issue over 51,000 seat belt tickets, 22,000 of which were written by the State Police.

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 is the decision by government officials and law enforcement agencies 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

"The threat of injury and death in a car crash is no different in the day or night, so troopers will be ensuring that safety belts are being worn at all times," said State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico. "For the next two weeks, troopers, deputies and police officers statewide will be paying special attention to seat belt use at night, and will be conducting checkpoints during day and nighttime hours. Our message is very clear: click it or ticket, day and night. Seat belts save lives."

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.

Related Resources:

Agencies announce 'Click It or Ticket' campaign (News Channel 34 - Binghamton)

'Click It or Ticket' begins today (NBC New York)

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