BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Motorists have more reasons than ever to be
smart and wear seat belts when they visit University at Buffalo
campuses: University Police have signed up for the nationwide
"Click It or Ticket" seat belt program, paying particular attention
to the law through May 6.
Targeting popular checkpoints at two locations on UB's North
Campus, university police patrol officers will be on the alert for
seat belt violations at these checkpoints and throughout their
"Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not
wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy,"
said University Police Lieutenant Scott Bixby, coordinator of UB's
program. "Our goal is to save more lives, so UB police will be out
enforcing seat belt laws around the clock."
UB's efforts are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration's campaign to encourage people to use seat belts
whenever they are drivers or passengers.
NHTSA statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an
estimated 12,546 lives nationwide. Yet, too many motorists may need
a tough reminder. In 2010, 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants were
killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA, and 51 percent
of them were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal
Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk. NHTSA data
shows that among teen and young adult passenger vehicle occupants
in 2010, ages 18 - 34, who were killed in motor vehicle traffic
crashes, 62 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash --
the highest percentage of any age group. The number jumps to 66
percent when just men in this age group are included.
Although this year's "Click It or Ticket" enforcement
mobilization ends May 6, motorists should know that officers are
out enforcing seat belt laws all year.
"Those who choose not to wear a seat belt will feel the heat
from our officers who will be out cracking down on "Click It or
Ticket" violators," says Bixby. "Motorists should buckle up every
time they go out, both day and night.
"Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up. No
warnings and no excuses."
For more on the national "Click It or Ticket" mobilization,
please visit: www.nhtsa.gov.