Buckle Up New York Summer Parks Initiative begins today

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The New York State Police and Park Police are cracking down on seat belt use inside state parks for the next month.

The Buckle Up New York Summer Parks Initiative is an enforcement and educational campaign to ensure motorists and passengers properly buckle their seat belts while traveling inside parks, state officials said. The campaign will also teach about the importance of the proper use of child safety seats.

The crackdown will run from Saturday, July 11 to Monday, Aug. 10.

“As we continue to open up recreational opportunities across the state, the safety of our visitors is our greatest priority," said State Park Police Chief Mark VanWie.

"Through our partnership with the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies statewide, we will continue to educate and strictly enforce proper seat-belt usage, which will help to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for all motorists entering or leaving our New York State Parks.”

During last year's campaign, officials said they issues 7,596 tickets, including 3,369 for child restraint violations, and 3,927 for adult seat belt violations.

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