Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 14, 2015

Contacts:
Joe Morrissey Joseph.Morrissey@dmv.ny.gov
Chet Lasell Chet.Lasell@dmv.ny.gov

MEDIA ADVISORY

Southern Tier and Northern Tier Law Enforcement to Join Forces to Carry Out Seat Belt Laws and Save Lives

In 1984, New York became the first state in the nation to pass legislation requiring drivers and front-seat passengers to use seat belts. Since that time, thousands of lives a year have been saved by seat belts in New York including 467 in 2012 and 446 in 2013.

On Friday, May 15, representatives from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee of New York will be hosting a press conference near the New York/Pennsylvania border to announce a new "Click it or Ticket - Border to Border" enforcement mobilization to enforce seat belt laws in the Southern Tier of New York, the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, and across the state and nation.

WHEN:Friday, May 15, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE:Broome Gateway Rest Area on Interstate 81N, just north of the New York-Pennsylvania border, which serves northbound traffic on Interstate 81 between the Pennsylvania state line and Exit 1 in Kirkwood, Broome County
WHO:Chuck DeWeese, Assistant Commissioner, Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
George Beach, Colonel, New York State Police
Richard Simon, Deputy Regional Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Margaret Ryan, Executive Director, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police
Chris Scalone, Saved by the Belt survivor

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