Zero Tolerance Enforcement Will Continue Through June 2, 2019
Officers are conducting the increased enforcement along the parkways patrolled by Westchester County Police and in Cortlandt and Mount Kisco. Officers will use marked and unmarked vehicles, checkpoints and roving patrols to locate unbelted drivers and front-seat passengers. In addition, officers will ensure any children in a vehicle are properly restrained.
“Simply put, seat belts save lives,” Police Commissioner Thomas A. Gleason said. “Seat belts also reduce the severity of injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes. The goal of this annual campaign is to keep people safe and ensure compliance with the law.”
The enforcement campaign, which began Monday, is sponsored by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee and is known formally as the “Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket” campaign.
New York State estimates that 93% of motorists in New York use their seat belts. While that is a high rate of compliance, the goal is 100%. As a result, one theme of this year’s campaign is Zero Tolerance, meaning summonses, not warnings, will be issued to anyone not wearing a required seat belt.
New York State law requires that all front-seat occupants must be properly secured, regardless of age. All rear-seat passengers under the age of 16 must also be properly secured in a seat belt or in a car seat appropriate for their age. Drivers and front seat passengers over age 16 face a fine of up to $50 for not buckling up. Drivers who fail to properly secure children face a $100 fine and three points on their license.
About Westchester County
Westchester County, located in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, covers 500 square miles and has a population of just under a million. Originally home to Native Americans, who were members of the Lenape tribe, it is today a rich mix of many cultures and landscapes. The County is a blend of bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque towns as well as open spaces and a network of beautiful parks. Westchester is made up of 6 cities, 19 towns and 20 villages. Westchester County is known for top-notch public schools, and a high quality of life. The County is also an intellectual capital, boasting a highly educated workforce, competitive colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, world changing non-profits, and cutting-edge research centers. Westchester is led by County Executive George Latimer, who took office in January 2018 as the ninth County Executive. Using inclusion and openness as a foreground, Latimer is fighting to make Westchester a destination for all people to live, work and enjoy. Learn more about Westchester County by visiting www.westchestergov.com