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Authorities are conducing a number of safety initiatives leading up to the holidays including looking for violations of the new seat belt regulations in New York.

New York State Police drone photo

All passengers, no matter of age or where they are seated in a vehicle, must now be restrained. Previously, adults in the back seat did not have to wear a seat belt by law.

State Police, Tioga Sheriff’s Deputies and Waverly Police held a safety checkpoint in the Village on November 17 and wrote 22 tickets for seat belt violations.  The checkpoint was set up on Chemung Street in Waverly.

New York State Police drone photo

Meanwhile, the statewide seatbelt and drunk driving initiatives have begun.  New York State law enforcement agencies conduct safety initiatives several times a year under the Governor’s Traffic Safety Board.