Suffolk Police to Conduct Seatbelt Compliance Campaign

Seatbelt and child safety laws will be enforced.

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.
Bruce Brown May 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I agree with HeyJoe. The police need a warrant to search you vehicle for a god resin. It is your private property. By extension the state does not have the right to tell you what to do in or on your private property. Not in you house and not in your car. Not wearing a seatbelt is a personal choice with no consequences to anyone other than yourself. You don't see laws against smoking although you can harm yourself. That boils down to the tobacco industry having power. And the seatbelt laws boil down to the Insurance industry having power. Besides no one seems to care that the police not only don't wear the seat belts but also talk on private phones in the car. But then again on LI the laws never seen to apply to the enforcers.
Ray Cote May 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Glad Bruce brought up the cell phones. Police are supposedly allowed to use them while driving, but why?? The police should concentrate on non hands free cell phone users as they are more of a threat to the rest of us. Someone driving without a seat belt is a risk to themselves. I think I would feel safer if cell phone abusers were targeted rather then the folks not wearing seat belts.
Bruce Brown May 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Ray lets be honest here. The seat belts, cell phones, red light cameras are not only intrusive and invasive but exist ONLYto raise revenue. Some police have already admitted to ticket quotas. It's making up the deficit in the budgets brought about by gross mismanagement with little to no accountability.
brookhavenconfusing May 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM
And I thought "threw the windshield" was bad... "god resin"???? LMAO I love it when people without a clue about the law or the Constitution talk about what is, or isn't legal; plain sight observations don't require a warrant, and you certainly can't do whatever you want even in your own house. Try announcing you've got a meth lab in your basement and see what happens. "no consequences to anyone other than yourself"? You know what? If nothing else, I'm sure nobody even wants to pay to have someone scrape your carcass off the pavement after you eject yourself through the windshield (or threw it, if you prefer). I'll bet the cost of that dwarfs the $25 beach parking fee everybody's complaining about.
BZ May 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM
How about this geniuses: drive the speed limit, don't run the red lights, don't talk on the cell phone (or text) while driving, wear your seat belt, and obey all the other laws that a civil person should be doing!!! While your at it, teach your children the same respect for themselves, other people, and the law!!! If we all did our own part, all the camera's and other stuff you are all complaining and whining about will go away. By the way, this would also leave the police available to do more of what you call police work.
brookhavenconfusing May 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Excellent post BZ... I couldn't agree more!!!
Linda Buffa May 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I, for one, feel that the cell phone use in the car is getting out of hand . Today I saw 2cars following a police car and they were BOTH holding cell phones to their ears. If I were law enforcement I would be giving out tickets all day. I love my iPhone, but or Gods sake, use a blue tooth and be safe.
We Heart Long Island May 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Blue tooth does not make it safer. It's the conversation that is the distraction not holding a phone. And no, phone conversations are not the same as passenger conversations. For Gods sake, everyone stay off your phone while driving.
MackJ May 22, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Hey trust_NO1, It's not even worth "resining" with these people. I completely agree with you, but some people only think of themselves and waste their time complaining about what's wrong with everyone else.
HeyJoe May 22, 2012 at 03:34 PM
We Heart is correct it is the conversations that are distracting. Dialing and texting are worse but even talking on the phone reduces your response time while driving. A few here seem to be very concerned with the safety of those adults who dont wear a seatbelt. Im more concerned with the safety of the residents of Suffolk County in their own homes and feel this should be a top priority. There is a wave of burglaries occuring in our area that should be addressed before seat belts. oh yeah and there are also a serial killer or two still running around the area in case you forgot.
Fred Stewart May 22, 2012 at 04:44 PM
driving is a priviledge, not a right, and it comes with laws... if you don't like the laws, don't bash the police, write your legislators... police don't write laws, they enforce them. and you DO see laws about smoking... you cant do it in public... there are also laws mitigating which activities you can do in your house/private property, and with good reason.
Fred Stewart May 22, 2012 at 04:45 PM
true dat
Chelsea May 22, 2012 at 05:29 PM
All of this may be true, but there is one simple way not to contribute to raising the revenue...... don't break the laws!
john frank May 22, 2012 at 06:26 PM
how about a weekend long dwi check point right on main street in kp. thats what we need
littleShamrock May 22, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Seatbelt checks are always in the same spots. Why not move them sometimes? I know the traps!
HeyJoe May 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
its not a matter of bashing the police or wether not wearing seat belts is against the law, which by the way i was wearing my seat belt long before it became law. its a matter of perspective and getting priorities straight in these times of retrenchment and strained budgets. Its a matter of using the limited police resources that we have for crimes that are more important and have a more drastic outcome for our lives if we are a victim of them then wether some adult doesnt wear his seatbelt.
KingsParkKid May 22, 2012 at 08:59 PM
perfect post BZ!!
Ray Cote May 23, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Bruce, I agree, well mostly anyway. Of those things you mention only cell phones put the rest of us in harms way when the driver is distracted doing their texting and talking. Just this afternoon, on the drive home, I was almost run off the road on Rte 25A by a girl texting and not paying attention to her driving. Ticket quotas are a "deniable" fact of life, that is for sure.
angela May 23, 2012 at 09:48 AM
What about having police sit and watch all the speeding motorist on....Bread and Cheese Death Row"......
John from Kings Park May 23, 2012 at 02:18 PM
The way I see it. If I choose not to wear a seat belt or ride a motorcycle without a helmet (which WOULD be stupid), the only person I'm going to kill is myself, therefore it's my choice. Seatbelt laws are ridiculous...
We Heart Long Island May 23, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Enjoy your flight.
Jimmy Bones May 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM
If you head into a 7-eleven or Dunkin Dounuts make sure you are buckled. That's where they will be hiding.
John Jay May 24, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Okay, here is my question for "HeyJoe". You seem to think you are an expert on what the police do. Are you a cop? Don't make accusations that the police aren't doing proactive policing on burglaries if you do not know what they are doing! Just because there are still burglaries does not mean that they are not doing exactly what you said. No matter how much proactive policing is done there will STILL be crimes such as burglaries. Maybe you didn't know, since clearly you are not educated on this topic, but these seatbelt campaigns also act as proactive policing as well. When pulling over these careless motorists they run the plates of the car which could be stolen, and also run the license of the driver who could have a warrant out for their arrest. They could also detect the presence of drugs and make a drug arrest (drugs are a huge reason for burglaries). Know your facts before bashing cops. Don't comment on a topic that you are not familiar with. No cops will be "harassing" you unless you are the one careless enough to not wear a seatbelt. As they said, Click-it or Ticket.
HeyJoe May 24, 2012 at 06:17 PM
so John Jay questioning the priorities of deployment of limited police manpower is bashing the police now? Police departments work under the direction of civilian police commissioners appointed by elected representatives who are chosen by the members of the community that they serve. I think that it is ridiculous to dedicate as much manpower as is currently done for crackdowns on inspection stickers, and seatbelts when this community has been hit by a significant uptick in the number of burglaries, never mind the fact we have a few serial killers running around here according to SCPD. Apparantly you feel that tax paying citizens of a community should not have a right to question police priorities. Perhaps you would be more comfortable living in a police state where the civilian population has no say in law making or enforcement. As far as not knowing what im talking about i had a break in to my property and a motorcycle was stolen. All that was done was the taking of a report and a complaint number being generated. no one even looked at the area of the breakin. It is you who it tunns out is uninformed on this topic and obnoxious about it to boot. there are therapies that you could look into for your anger issues.
brookhavenconfusing May 24, 2012 at 08:17 PM
"using manpower to once again harass motorists.....you know......do policework" I don't know... suggesting they're NOT doing any policework sounds like bashing to me. So having your motorcycle stolen makes you an authority on police procedures and priorities? Well, at least now we understand the bug up your a$$ on this issue; apparently you expected Kojak to come to the rescue with a lollipop in one hand and your scooter in the other. I'm sure you had a run of the mill beat cop take your report and issue you a complaint number - he's not trained or authorized to perform any kind of investigation, that's a job for the detectives who are probably busy hunting for those serial killers you're so concerned with. John Jay made several good points about the collateral policing that's done as part of these traffic stops that you chose to ignore - the very reasonable thinking being that someone willing to break one law is quite probably willing to break others. And as you yourself point out, our police departments work under the direction of others, you can't blame the cop on the street when he's been directed to pay special attention to seatbelt compliance. You can also bet that the detectives responsible for murder and burglary investigations WON'T be the cops manning traffic duty.
KP LIslander May 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I agree 100% about the phone conversation being the cause of the distraction leading to accidents. What I don't understand is WHY it is that it seems as though many people see other drivers using handheld phones all the time but yet somehow cops seem to be oblivious to this or are not making a more concerted effort to go after these individuals for some unknown reason. Why is it that the cops don't seem to be implementing a cell phone crackdown (and on a frequent basis) in the same manner in which they are doing this seatbelt crackdown? Is it possible that there is a willful choice being made to opt to go after infractions which may be easier to catch/enfoce instead of going after drivers using handheld cellphones, which as everyone acknowledges, can and does cause accidents and affects others in the process (not just only themselves)? I can't help but always wonder about this and about why it seems as though cops don't make it more of a point to go after these selfish, inconsiderate, obnoxious drivers using handheld cellphones. Just sayin'............
Rowan May 28, 2012 at 05:55 PM
You may only hurt yourself, but your injuries and the services we (the town) provide to assist you would become our burden. The money and time to attend to an accident where there are severely injured people can be lessened if people weren't ejected from their vehicle in the first place. Add that to the increase of the injured being transported and cared for at our already budget strained hospitals (in addition to the statistics regarding those who are uninsured and cannot pay for their care) then anyone can deduce that wearing seat belts not only saves the passenger's life but stops an unnecessary drain on the town's resources. So, John, wear your seat belt!
Cathy May 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM
SCPD do not give a rats @#$% about us. They are there to create revenue to protect their jobs and pensions.
John Gruber June 24, 2012 at 04:56 AM
please, if the police and government cared about your safety cigarettes would be illegal but since the government can make money off it they sell it. Same rules apply, the only person you're gonna hurt is yourself but they would rather make a quick dime off you instead. If you want to be lazy and take that chance it's your choice
John from Kings Park June 24, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Absolutely right! "To Serve & To Protect" means only themselves...


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