BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo Police will pay
close attention to seat belt compliance on campus this spring,
patrolling campus roadways and setting up checkpoints during peak
Taking advantage of grants from Buckle Up New York and the
Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, UB Police began stepped-up
seat belt enforcement in mid-March that will conclude in early May,
according to Lt. Scott Bixby.
Police also will try to curtail dangerous and distracted
driving, focusing on cellphone use and texting while driving.
“When speaking with drivers on campus who aren't wearing
their seatbelts, officers often hear excuses like, ‘I'm only
driving from the dorms’ or ‘I'm just switching parking
lots for my next class,’” says Bixby.
“University Police want all drivers on campus to wear
their seat belts whenever their car is in motion. As the spring
semester winds down, you'll see officers actively enforcing New
York State seat belt laws on campus. Please be safe and remember,
click it or ticket."
Bixby explains the increased enforcement will include seat belt
checkpoints on Augspurger Road at Hadley Road and on Flint Road at
Maple Road during peak traffic times. Officers dressed in plain
clothes also will visually survey campus roadways during peak
Traffic accidents on campus are not uncommon, police say, so
motorists should take the same precautions they do on highways,
especially the use of seat belts.
Enforcement to reduce distracted driving will be similar to
efforts to enforce seat belt compliance. Officers will conduct
pre-enforcement visual surveys of cellphone/texting while driving.
They also will conduct surveys to measure effectiveness of the
enforcement activities. Bixby said the texting and cellphone
enforcement activity will take place at Augspurger and Hadley roads
during peak traffic times.
"Technology is great,” Bixby says. “But using your
mobile device while driving is dangerous for you and the other
motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians using campus roadways. This
spring, University Police will be seeking to reduce accidents and
injuries by enforcing New York State laws prohibiting the use of
mobile devices while driving.
“Please, if you need to make a call or send a message,
proceed to a safe location and stop your vehicle."
University police will be checking for cellphone use and texting
during the last four weeks of the academic year from early April to
early May. The program will continue during the first four weeks of
the 2013-14 academic year in September.