The Dunkirk Police Department, along with other area law enforcement agencies, want to advise motorists that through June 1 the national Click It or Ticket Seat Belt Mobilization will be taking place on area roadways.
Area law enforcement will be out on the roadways looking for vehicles being operated by occupants not using their safety belts or not having children properly secured in child safety seats. The goal of this initiative is to increase voluntary compliance to the seat belt laws.
While New York state has a 90 percent use rate of seat belts, in 2009 about 90 people died in motor vehicle crashes every day. Seat belts have been shown to reduce the risk of death or serious injury by as much as 50 percent. In 2010 seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Dunkirk Police Department in conjunction with the Governors Traffic Safety Committee will be participating in this mobilization to help save lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws.
"In addition to a strong enforcement of seat belt laws, the Dunkirk Police Department will have an increased enforcement of operators who use their cell phone while driving. Individuals who continue to use their cell phone while operating a motor vehicle cause approximately 25 percent of all car accidents," Police Chief David Ortolano said. "Texting while driving makes you 23 times more likely to have a crash and causes about 1,600,000 accidents every year, according to the National Safety Council. Driving while distracted is a serious offense to not just yourself but to all other motorists on the road with you. If you must use your phone while driving use a hands-free device. That phone call or text is definitely not worth your life or the consequences of taking someone else's.
"The Dunkirk Police Department would also like to wish everyone a safe Memorial Day weekend as well as a safe summer season. Help us to keep the roadways safe for everyone by obeying all traffic laws. Remember to make the right choices. If you drink - don't drive, it's not worth the penalties and puts you and others at risk."