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Rye Brook Police To Step Up Seat Belt Law Enforcement

Rye Brook police will be cracking down on drivers not wearing their seat belts.
Rye Brook police will be cracking down on drivers not wearing their seat belts. Photo Credit: File Photo

RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- Rye Brook police will clamp down on enforcing seat belt laws during the two-week Click It or Ticket campaign from May 20 to June 2.

Nighttime enforcement will be a particular priority for Rye Brook police during the campaign. Of the nearly 12,000 people who died nationwide in nighttime crashes in 2009, two thirds were not wearing their seat belts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Many more nighttime traffic deaths can be prevented if more motorists simply start wearing their seat belts,” said Rye Brook Police Chief Gregory Austin. “We will be out in force to remind drivers and occupants to always wear their seat belts – both day and night.”

All drivers and front seat passengers must wear seat belts. Additionally, all children under the age of eight must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system. All children under 16 must buckle up, regardless of whether they are in the front seat or back seat.

“Law enforcement will be cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators around the clock. Local motorists should be prepared to buckle up," Austin said. "If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket — not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions.”

The fine for someone over 16 who is not wearing a seat belt is $50 plus court costs. If a child under 16 is not wearing a seat belt, the fine ranges from $25 to $100 and the violation will add three points to your driving record.

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