They're serious when they say "Click it or Ticket." The Suffolk County Police Department will conduct a safety campaign between May 21 and June 4 to enforce seat belt laws.
The "Buckle Up New York – Click It or Ticket" campaign will also check for compliance with child seat safety laws.
"Increasing seat belt and child safety seat use is one of the most effective ways to reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities," the SCPD said in a statement.
Residents can expect checkpoints and increased patrols. According to the department, officers will take a zero-tolerance standpoint with violations of the laws. Among the laws that will be enforced:
- All front seat occupants ages 8 and older must wear a seat belt.
- All rear seat passengers ages 8 through 15 must wear a seat belt.
- All children younger than 4 years old must be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat.
- If the child’s weight exceeds 40 pounds, in a child restraint system in conjunction with safety belts, the restraint system must meet size and weight recommendations of the manufacturer.
- Children ages 4 through 7 must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system, one that meets the child’s height and weight recommendations, according to the child restraint manufacturer. The vehicle’s safety belt alone is not a child restraint system.