Over the next two weeks, police will be cracking down on this dangerous driving offense.

The nationwide “Click it or Ticket” campaign began on Monday and will run until June 3. During this time, police will be focusing on enforcing New York State's seatbelt laws. The "Click It or Ticket" campaign also focuses on safety education, strong laws and law enforcement officers saving lives.

Here’s who needs to buckle up:

  • All front seat occupants regardless of age. The driver is responsible for all front seat passengers under age 16.
  • All rear seat passengers under age 16.
  • All children under 4 years old must be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat.
  • Children ages 4-7 must be properly restrained in an appropriate child restraint system which meets the child’s height and weight recommendations according to the manufacturer.
  • Every occupant, regardless of age or seating position, of a motor vehicle being operated by the holder of a Class-DJ Learner Permit, a Limited Class-DJ or Class-DJ Driver License must be restrained by a safety restraint

In 2016, the use of seat belts saved an estimated 14,668 lives of occupants ages 5 and older, according to the Department of Transportation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48% of passengers killed in car crashes in 2016 weren't wearing seatbelts. From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., that number rose to 56%.

On Sunday, two NYPD officers were killed in a car crash, hours after one got married in the Hudson Valley. Police believe neither wore seatbelts. 

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