University Police participate in annual ‘Buckle-Up’ campaign

OSWEGO — University Police at SUNY Oswego will have special patrols out looking for motorists who are not wearing their seatbelts from April 21 to May 4.

The patrols are part of the nationwide “Buckle-Up Day and Night” campaign. The larger campaign is traditionally scheduled in late May, but University Police is granted a variation to run earlier because of college graduation in May.

A federal grant through the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee funds the patrols.

Wearing a seatbelt when riding in a motor vehicle saves lives, reduces injuries, and saves money.

In New York, every month an average of 715 motorists who do not wear a seatbelt are injured severely enough to require hospital treatment; 153 of them sustain injuries serious enough to require in-patient treatment.

For the 8,580 motorists annually that are treated at a hospital for their injuries, costs exceed $134 million, and more than $16 million of these hospitalization and emergency room costs are charged to public funds.

Unrestrained motorists involved in a crash are almost four times as likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury as those wearing a seatbelt.

Motorists increase their chance of survival in a crash by 60 percent by wearing a seat belt and don’t have to worry about being stopped by the police or receiving a ticket.