Binghamton Homepage reported recently that both the New York State Police and Pennsylvania State Police issued recent reminders to motorists that they need to click it or ticket to avoid injuries in motor vehicle accidents.
According to officials with the New York State Police and the Pennsylvania State Police, troopers from both agencies will be conducting additional patrols in the near future monitoring for motorists not wearing their seatbelts. This campaign runs alongside an educational campaign focusing on educating the public about the importance of seatbelt use.
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Last year in the Troop C operating area in New York, ten different fatal crashes occurred in which a seatbelt was not worn, and there have been three fatal seatbelt-less accidents this year. Troopers reminded the public of the importance of buckling up due to the statistical likelihood of death in the event of not wearing one.
“Anytime you get behind that vehicle, it is essentially a weapon. It’s a mass that’s moving at a good rate of speed and if you do get into an accident, people are going to get hurt. So you need to have 100% clarity when you’re behind that wheel,” stated a spokesperson for the New York State Police. “Seatbelt safety is important, and we want to make sure that any one person that dies from not wearing a seatbelt, is one person too many.”