ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca Police Department released a public safety announcement on Friday stating that police will soon be cracking down on all seatbelt violations.

The New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee recently announced that the annual designated seatbelt enforcement period will begin this month, and will continue through June.

The press release stated that IPD, along with several hundred agencies throughout the state, will have extra patrols out who will be looking specifically for any seatbelt violations. “Officers will utilize a zero-tolerance approach for violations observed,” read the release.

Funds to support the extra patrols will come through the New York State Police Traffic Services Grant, with goals to increase the level of seatbelt compliance and decrease the level of motor vehicle crash injuries.

“Please wear your seatbelt, folks,” Acting Chief of Police Pete Tyler stated. “In my career as a police officer and volunteer firefighter, I have seen countless people seriously hurt and even die in car crashes just because they didn’t wear their seatbelt. It literally takes two seconds, but those two seconds may be the difference between life and death in a car crash.”

While the statewide enforcement dates begin on May 22 and continue through June 4, IPD officers will be patrolling during various hours throughout multiple days of the week.

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Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.