TROOPERS KEEPING SAFETY IN SIGHT DAY & NIGHT
Night Time Emphasis for Click It Or Ticket Campaign
Poughkeepsie, NY (May 20, 2011) – Major Michael A. Kopy, Troop K Commander, today announced that troopers would be joining forces with local and county law enforcement officers statewide to ensure that motorists begin the summer travel season buckled up. The high visibility enforcement mobilization will be conducted May 23 – June 5, 2011, and will focus on seatbelt use day and night.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nighttime passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes. Of those who died in nighttime crashes in 2009, nearly two-thirds (62%) were not wearing seatbelts at the time of their fatal crashes.
“Perhaps people feel less likely to be stopped at night for not wearing seatbelts, but they are putting themselves at tremendous risk,” said Major Kopy. “We are focusing our enforcement efforts on the behaviors that are injuring and killing people on our roads, and that means safety belt enforcement day and night.”
The New York State Police will be conducting more than 100 checkpoints and dedicated enforcement patrols during the two- week period. During the two-week enforcement mobilization a year ago, troopers issued more than 22,000 tickets for safety restraint violations, more than 1,500 of which were for not buckling up children.
“It is unconscionable that in today’s society anyone would drive down the road with an unrestrained child or with a young child in an adult seatbelt,” said Major Kopy. “Our troopers have seen too many tragedies and will gladly give a driver a ticket to prevent seeing another. Very simply, it’s click it, or ticket.”