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Latest ‘Buckle Up New York’ Initiative Deemed Successful
POSTED: December 14, 2009
ALBANY - The New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Police Troop T today announced the statewide seat belt enforcement initiative, "Buckle Up New York," held from Nov. 16-29 was a success.
"The Authority is committed to retaining the Thruway's excellent safety record," said Thruway Authority Executive Michael R. Fleischer. "The Authority and State Police Troop T will continue with education and enforcement efforts to improve seat belt compliance along the New York State Thruway."
During last month's 14-day stepped-up enforcement period, Members of Troop T issued 4,516 occupant restraint tickets to Thruway motorists violating the law.
Major Robert C. Meyers, State Police Troop T Commander, pleased that the Thanksgiving holiday was safe for the motorists said, "The Members of Troop T continue their commitment to public safety and wish that motorists remain aware of the laws which contribute to their own and others' safety."
In 2008, State Police Troop T issued approximately 16,208 tickets to motorists not wearing their seat belts while traveling the Thruway.
As of Nov. 24, New York State's Child Restraint Law changed; the new requirements are:
All children must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system while riding in a motor vehicle, until they reach their 8th birthday.
An appropriate child restraint system is one that meets the child's size and weight recommended by the manufacturer.
The safety belt in your vehicle is not designed for children.
A booster seat raises your child up so that the safety belt fits your child correctly and provides better protection.
For more information visit the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee Web site at Safe New York or visit the New York State Police's Web site at Page not Found.