The Cornell University Police Department says they’re participating in a statewide “Buckle Up New York” enforcement campaign from this week through next weekend.
Through May 1st, Cornell Police say their officers will observe a “zero tolerance” policy on all violations of New York State’s seat belt regulations.
All front seat occupants must wear a seat belt, regardless of age. The driver is responsible for passengers under 16. All rear seat passengers under 16 must wear a seat belt.
All children under 4 years old must ride in a federally approved child safety seat. Cornell often has child seat clinics, and can help if you’re not sure your kids are in proper safety seats. “Each check event, we have the opportunity to educate our community about the importance of using and the importance of proper installation and fit of child safety seats,” says CUPD deputy chief David Honan.
Parents are always welcome to contact Ithaca Fire Department for an appointment with their certified car seat installation team, says Ithaca Fire Department Lt. Tom Basher. Basher says parents can call 607-272-1234 to set up a time to meet with a car seat technician.
Children 4-7 years of age must be properly secured based on their height and weight.
Cornell refers area drivers to safeny.ny.gov for more information about New York State’s seat belt laws and child restraints.