University Police participate in seatbelt patrol

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s University Police Department reminds motor vehicle drivers and passengers to buckle up. The department will participate in the “Buckle Up New York — Click It or Ticket” enforcement mobilization from April 23 to May 6.

“Wearing your seatbelt costs you nothing,” said Lt. Kevin Velzy of the University Police. “But not wearing one could cost you everything. So, don’t risk it with a ticket or, worse, a life. Please remember to buckle up day and night — ‘Click It or Ticket.'”

Velzy said recent surveys have found more people not wearing their seat belts at night. In response, University Police will include some special nighttime enforcement in their dedicated Buckle Up patrols.

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the nation and the No. 1 cause of death for people between the ages of 2 and 34. Yet, nationwide, 18 percent of all drivers and passengers — nearly one in five — do not regularly wear seatbelts. Increasing seatbelt and child safety seat use is the most effective way to reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities, Velzy said.

The “Buckle Up New York — Click It or Ticket” enforcement period is a statewide, zero-tolerance enforcement coordinated by the State Police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to increase safety restraint use in New York.