New York Drivers Asked to Buckle Up
With Memorial Day just around the corner, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the statewide “Buckle Up New York” campaign aimed at cracking down on drivers and their passengers who do not wear seatbelts. The New York State Police joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other states as they ticket those who fail to wear their seat belts. The campaign runs for the 14-day period from Monday, May 21 to Sunday, June 3.
“The threat of injury and death in car crashes increases significantly when motorists and passengers do not wear their seat belts. For the next two weeks, troopers, deputies and police officers statewide will be conducting checkpoints to ensure that motorists and passengers are obeying the seatbelt laws. Our message is very clear: it’s click it or ticket– seatbelts save lives,” said State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent death and serious injury in a crash. The CDC reports that seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45 percent, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50 percent. In addition, NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, safety belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide. However, it reports an additional 3,341 people could have been saved if they had been properly restrained.
AAA and the National Safety Council have released their estimates for the number of travelers and potential automobile accidents, respectively, over the Memorial Day holiday time period. With holiday drivers crowding the New York roadways, our Binghamton car accident attorneys cannot stress enough the importance of all automobile passengers being safely restrained.
AAA and IHS Global Insight estimate that 34.8 million travelers will travel at least 50 miles from home during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, which runs for 3.25-days from 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 25, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 28. According to the estimate, this is a 1.2 percent increase over the 2011 holiday period.
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates nationwide over the 2012 Memorial Day weekend 420 people will die in automobile accidents. The NSC further estimates there will be 42,000 accident-related injuries during the holiday period.
“The evidence is clear – seatbelts save lives,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York State has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to enforcing this life-saving rule. It only takes a few seconds to fasten a seatbelt or to secure a child’s safety seat, and this campaign encourages all New Yorkers to take a moment to buckle up and save a life.”
In New York, it is a primary offense if the driver or front seat passenger is not wearing a seat belt. In addition, anyone under the age of 16 must be in a proper safety restraint. Police can pull drivers over for a violation of the law. During this time period there will not be any warnings – violators will be ticketed.
Our Binghamton car accident attorneys urge all occupants of vehicles to wear their seat belts at all times. We also ask the drivers to make sure your passengers are buckled up before driving.
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