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RVC Police Join ‘Click It or Ticket’ Mobilization

Police will be cracking down through June 5.

Joining forces with the nationwide Click It or Ticket Mobilization, the Rockville Centre Police Department will increase enforcement of the state’s safety belt laws from May 23 through June 5. Those who fail to buckle up will be issued a ticket that carries a fine of $110.

The goal of the enforcement program is to boost the state’s 85 percent safety belt use rate and reduce fatalities.

“Because we’ve seen first hand the severe injury and death that often result from not wearing a safety belt, we will be showing zero tolerance for anyone not buckled up," Rockville Centre Police Commissioner Chuck Gennario said. "Unless you want to risk a ticket – or worse, your life – remember to wear your belt. We want everyone on the road to remember to buckle up – every trip, every time."

The police department reminds residents that state Vehicle and Traffic Law requires seatbelts for all occupants eight and older. Seatbelts alone are not sufficient for children seven and under who must use an approved child restraint system. The driver is responsible for passengers under 16 who violate the law.

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for ages 3 through 33 in the United States, Commissioner Gennario said. “Safety belt use saves lives and prevents injuries.”

Between 1975 and 2000, safety belts prevented 135,000 fatalities and 3.8 million injuries, saving $585 billion in medical and other costs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If all vehicle occupants had used safety belts during that period, nearly 315,000 deaths and 5.2 million injuries could have been prevented and $913 billion in costs saved, according to the agency.

More than 12,000 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will conduct safety belt checkpoints during the special enforcement period.

In the Village of Rockville Centre, law enforcement officers will be conducting high visibility checkpoints as well as increased patrols. State, county and local law enforcement officers will be involved in the stepped-up enforcement, which is being supported by advertisements encouraging all Americans to always buckle up.  

pat June 02, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Around 7:30 this morning a car on Sunrise ran the light at Morris and got "T-boned" so hard by a car driving north on Morris that it completely spun around. Without seat belts, that driver might have been DOA. Thanks to the RVC police for taking charge so quickly to minimize the traffic congestion of that major intersection with an accident in the middle of it.
Frank June 08, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Speeding and red light violations on Sunrise and Merrick are becoming commonplace. With AvalonBay granted a temporary CO, more people are going to using the RVC PD services. However, uniformed staff is already taxed. We need one of two things: 1.New officers 2. Red light cameras and speed signs. I like 1, but who knows if the future says 2.?
Adam Johnson June 12, 2011 at 02:25 PM
I would think if they hire more cops you could get more enforcement ? Znd after Avalon Bay comes Molloy college dorms. And Kasey's is opening a rooftop bar deck in about two weeks, looks like the rest of the year is going to be rough for the RVC PD !
cathryn June 12, 2011 at 03:47 PM
They will earn their salaries after all said Adam!!
EJ's son June 12, 2011 at 03:48 PM
I'd like to hear from someone on the job - preferably a lieutenant or higher in rank, how many officers are necessary to protect a 3 square mile - suburban village such as ours.


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