Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Lockport police issued 25 traffic tickets Thursday afternoon while conducting a seat belt checkpoint on Main Street.
Tickets were issued for charges ranging from failure to wear a seatbelt to an arrest for driving with a suspended license.
Captain Niethe said the checkpoint was held as part of a 14-day statewide “Buckle Up New York” campaign to crack down on drivers and passengers that don’t wear seatbelts.
The campaign, which began May 20 and continues through June 2, was announced May 14 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who stressed the message that wearing seatbelts saves lives.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than half of the passengers killed in 2011 were not wearing seat belt at the time of the crash.
“Taking a few seconds to fasten your seat belt or to properly secure your child’s safety seat is the easiest thing you can do to keep yourself and your passengers safe,” said Cuomo.
Lockport police will continue enforcing seat belt laws during the duration of the campaign with other checkpoints in the near future.
The checkpoint started at 3 p.m. and continued until 6:45 p.m.
Residents with questions concerning child safety seats can contact Captain Niethe at 439-6740.
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office is conducting similar checks throughout the county, partnering with the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies on a nationwide “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
According to the NHTSA, automobile crashes are the number one killer of children between the ages 1 to 12, and 85 to 90 percent of all child restraints are installed incorrectly. Children must be rear facing until they are at least one year old and 20 pounds and the new recommendations are to keep them rear facing as close to 2 years old as possible.
Children must use a child restraint until their 8th birthday and should be kept in a restraint until the seat belts fit them properly.
The sheriff’s office has a permanent child restraint fitting station. The hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and seat checks are done by appointment only. Call Grace Destino at 438-3190 to schedule your appointment.
Checkpoints are also done throughout the county, mainly in the warmer months, with no appointment necessary. Visit niagarasheriff.com and find the next location on the calendar of events.
“It’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night,” said Sheriff James Voutour, “and there is no good excuse not to have your children properly buckled.”