Buckle Up New York Campaign
Buckle Up New York is a statewide, zero tolerance enforcement campaign designed to increase safety restraint use in New York State. Although New York State enacted the first mandatory safety belt use law in the nation in 1984, it is estimated that today only about 84 percent of New York State motorists always wear safety restraints. The ongoing Buckle Up New York campaign works to continually increase this use rate.
If successful, the campaign will save an estimated 148 lives and more than $400 million dollars in economic costs to the public each year, and decrease the deaths, injuries, and property damage resulting from crashes on our highways.
Wearing a safety restraint can save your life!
Contrary to widespread public perception, failure to buckle up was an even greater factor in highway deaths than alcohol involvement in 2003.
Automotive engineers and highway safety professionals have long known that wearing safety belts is the most effective means of preventing death and minimizing injuries in motor vehicle crashes. As such, they are effective at protecting occupants regardless of the ultimate cause of the crash.
Safety belts and child restraints are the best way in which all motorists can protect themselves against all highway threats, including drunk drivers and aggressive drivers.