U.P. looks to increase seatbelt awareness among students

University Police would like to remind all motor vehicle drivers and passengers to buckle up. The University Police department is once again teaming up with the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and participating in this campaign. Extra patrols will be out looking for drivers and front seat passengers who are not wearing their seat belts.

"Wearing your seatbelt costs you nothing," Lt. Kevin Velzy of the University Police said. "But not wearing one could cost you everything. So, don’t risk it with a ticket or worse, a life. Please remember to buckle up day and night – Click It or Ticket."

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the nation and the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 2 and 34. Yet, nationwide, 16 percent of all drivers and passengers do not regularly wear seatbelts during their trips. Increasing seat belt and child safety seat use is the most effective way to reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities. The "Buckle Up New York –Click It or Ticket" enforcement period is a statewide, zero-tolerance enforcement coordinated by the State Police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to increase safety restraint use in New York State.