"Proven fact that seatbelts saves lives." It seems like such a simple task but officers say buckling up can save your life. Today kicks off a two week campaign that over four hundred police departments will take part in. But the campaign isn't just about writing tickets, it's about the importance educating people. Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol says, "It's one of the key components, you know the education through basic driver safety courses, the six hour defensive driver courses. But education is certainly the foundation of making our success what it is out there on the streets."
Click it or ticket is a nationwide effort to help save lives and many officers say buckling up can be the difference between life and death. Town of Whitestown Chief of Police Donald Wolanin, "I personally am of a firm of seatbelts. I don't know how many accidents I've been at if it wasn't for a seatbelt the person would've probably been seriosly hurt. And if you drive here or you drive in Orange County or Erie County there's going to be police officers enforcing the New York State seat belt laws."
Sheriff Maciol says drivers need to remember driving is a privilege and there is a reason for safety law like buckling up. "And those rules are to keep everyone safe, the rules are not established to be able to go out and write tickets or to generate revenue, the object to having the rules and laws is to keep people safe"