New York State Police

Buckle Up New York!

Law enforcement agencies across the state joined the New York State Police during the Buckle Up New York/Click It or Ticket 2018 May Mobilization. This high visibility, "zero tolerance" enforcement effort is intended to save lives by ensuring all motorists and their passengers are buckled up.

During the two-week campaign, Troopers conducted 246 fixed and roving safety restraint details. The combined efforts of Sheriff's Deputies, Municipal Police and Members of the New York State Police resulted in almost 27,000 adult and child safety restraint citations being issued. According to the National Highway Safety Administration seat belt use has saved an estimated 345,000 lives since 1975.

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Under New York State law:

All front seat occupants must be properly secured, regardless of age;

All rear seat passengers under 16 years of age must be properly secured;

Children up to the age of 4 must be properly restrained in a federally approved child safety seat that is attached to a vehicle by a seat belt or universal child restraint anchorage (LATCH) system.

Children less than age 4 but weighing more than 40 poundsmay be restrained in a booster seat with a lap/shoulder safety belt. However, a child safety seat that accommodates higher weights can be used.

Children ages 4, 5, 6 and 7 must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint* system, one for which the child meets the height and weight recommendations of the child restraint manufacturer.

A vehicle's safety belt is NOT a child restraint system.

Children riding in booster seats must be secured with a combination lap/shoulder seat belt, NEVER secure a child in a booster seat with only a lap belt.

* An appropriate child restraint system is one that meets the child's size and weight recommended by the manufacturer.