“Buckle-Up New York” program starts April 29

The University Police will be participating in the “Buckle-Up New York, Click it … or Ticket” enforcement mobilization during the spring 2013 semester.

The program is a state-wide zero tolerance program in which police officers use traffic stops to enforce seatbelt laws.

The program is run by the state police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The program is meant to increase usage of seatbelts, especially at night when, according University Police, seatbelt use declines significantly.

They will be conducting stops in and around campus from April 29 until May 9, and will also be conducting “special nighttime enforcement,” according to their press release.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s annual survey, seat belt use among U.S. citizens has steadily increased since 1994, which authorities partially credit to programs such as this.

“Wearing your seatbelt costs you nothing,” Lt. Kevin Velzy said. “But not wearing one could cost you everything.”