New traffic campaign: Buckle up in the park

The New York State Police have announced the start of a campaign that partners state police, state parks police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to encourage state park visitors to buckle up for safety.

The “BUNY (Buckle Up New York) in the Parks” initiative is an enforcement and educational campaign. The goal is to encourage visiting motorists and their passengers to properly buckle their seat belts and teach the importance of properly securing young visitors in approved child safety seats.

This year’s campaign runs from July 8-23.

State police Superintendent George Beach II said since New York became the first state in the nation to enact a primary seat belt law in 1985, countless lives have been saved. The compliance rate has steadily increased, reaching more than 90 percent in 2014.

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