BPD Tickets 23 During 'Buckle Up' Campaign

The initiative ran from May 21 to June 4.

Members of the  (BPD) handed out 23 tickets for seatbelt violations over the last two weeks.

Officers on patrol cracked down on enforcing the safety restraints for the Buckle Up New York "Click it or Ticket" Campaign, which .

The effort is a statewide initiative—a "zero tolerance enforcement campaign designed to increase safety restraint use in New York State," according to the state's website.

Stops for seatbelt violations also led to three additional tickets for traffic infractions, according to Police Chief John DelGardo.

Ashley Tarr June 05, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Major Michael A. Kopy, the Troop K (which covers Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties) commander for the New York State Police, just announced the following in a statement: "Troopers issued 1125 tickets for violations of the state’s mandatory seatbelt laws during the May 21 – June 3, 2012 enforcement effort. During the zero tolerance “click it or ticket” enforcement campaign, troopers joined with local police and sheriffs’ departments statewide to encourage seatbelt use in advance of the summer travel season. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that seatbelt use alone reduces the risk of fatal injuries by 45% for occupants of passenger vehicles, and by 60 percent for occupants of pickup trucks, SUVs and vans. In addition to the 1125 safety restraint issued by members of Troop K, troopers arrested 60 people for driving while intoxicated and ticketed 899 drivers for speeding. "


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