Buckle up — Fulton police are watching

The city of Fulton Police Department is participating in the 2014 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement event May 19 through June 1.

During the event, officers will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts, both during the day and night.

High-visibility enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 85 percent in 2010.

In New York observed usage is 90 percent. Belt use saves thousands of lives each year across America. In 2009 alone, seat belts saved 12,713 lives nationwide.

In New York, 21 percent of highway deaths occurred to occupants who were unrestrained. This was a greater factor than alcohol use or excessive speed.

Belt usage has risen over the years nationwide and in New York belt usage is above the national average. Despite these great results more can still be done.

Law enforcement will be cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators around the clock.  Local motorists should be prepared to buckle up.

If police find you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket, not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions.

The enforcement event is on now through June 1.

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