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 July 5, 2012-  Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office participated in the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee statewide campaign aimed to crack down on drivers and their passengers who do not wear seatbelts, between Monday, May 21 and Sunday, June 3.

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among those ages 5-34 in the United States. More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet millions of adults do not wear their seat belts on every trip.  Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%.

 According to the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Injury Prevention, each year, approximately 60 people die annually from traffic related injuries, in Erie County.

 During the campaign, sheriff’s deputies did issue a number of seat belt violation tickets; however, they did see significant compliance with seat belt laws during check points.