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New York Holding 2-Week Crackdown On Seat Belt Use

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Buckle up, New York!

With a holiday weekend approaching, New York is cracking down on drivers and passengers who don’t strap in.

State and local police are holding a two-week crackdown on seat belts starting Monday and running through June 3.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports

State law requires all passengers in the front seat to buckle up. Children under the age of 16 must also wear a seat belt regardless of what seat they’re in. All children under 8-years-old must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system.

“The small number of people not using the seat belt are also in general high-risk drivers,” Richard Simon with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. “They’re the ones more prone to drive drunk, driver aggressively and speed.”

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports

Front seat passengers who are 16 and older may be fined up to $50 for not wearing their seat belt.

Drivers can be fined up to $100 for each passenger under the age of 16 not wearing a seat belt and get points on their license.

The crackdown is part of the national “Click It Or Ticket” campaign. New Jersey police will also be participating.