Once again, the Dunkirk Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18 to 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
“Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said Chief David Ortolano. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.”
In cooperation with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the City of Dunkirk Police Department will have stepped-up enforcement for speeding in the School Zones as well as stepped-up enforcement and check points for seat belt compliance along with cell-phone talking and texting.
The speed limit in school zones is 15 MPH for all school areas except 20 MPH on Rt.# 60 at School # 3 from 7:00 AM until 3:30 PM any day that school is in session. With the cooperation of the School Officials and New York State DOT we have secured a school zone speed reduction coming in the near future for Lakeshore Drive East (Rt# 5) at School # 7. The Police Department will have patrol officers checking the school zone areas for violations of the speed limit. Our priority in enforcing this law is for the safety of the children. As always, voluntary compliance is very helpful but there will be strict enforcement and traffic summonses will be issued for the safety of the children. The few seconds it takes to slow down will not disrupt anyone’s day.
It is a proven fact that seat belts and child safety seats save lives and that cell phone usage, especially texting, while operating a vehicle creates a very dangerous distraction that can often have tragic results. Again we always advocate voluntary compliance but we will issue tickets to keep our streets and highways as safe as possible.
Please help us to keep our roadways a safe place for everyone to travel upon and avoid senseless tragedies that occur every year.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Police officers in New York State will be looking for cell phone law violators.
Enforcement mobilization dates are April 10 – 15th.
Don’t make a dumb choice with your smart phone.
NEW YORK STATE’S MOBILE PHONE and PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE LAWS
New York prohibits all drivers from using portable electronic devices.
Illegal activity includes holding a portable electronic device and:
Talking on a handheld mobile telephone
Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving electronic data such as e-mail, text messages, or webpages
Viewing, taking, or transmitting images
The law defines the following terms as:
(a) “Portable electronic device” shall mean any hand-held mobile telephone, as defined by subdivision one of section twelve hundred twenty-five-c of this article, personal digital assistant (PDA), handheld device with mobile data access, laptop computer, pager, broadband personal communication device, two-way messaging device, electronic game, or portable computing device.
(b) “Using” shall mean holding a portable electronic device while viewing, taking or transmitting images, playing games, or composing, sending, reading, viewing, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving e-mail, text messages, or other electronic data.
Exceptions to the Laws
When the driver uses a hands-free mobile telephone, which allows the user to communicate without the use of either hand.
Using a handheld electronic device that is affixed to a vehicle surface.
Using a GPS device that is attached to the vehicle.
When the purpose of the phone call is to communicate an emergency to a police or fire department, a hospital or physician’s office, or an ambulance corps.
When operating an authorized emergency vehicle in the performance of official duties.
Violation Penalties and Fines — The penalty for a violation of this law shall be 5 driver violation points and a fine, as described below. This is a primary law, which means an officer may stop you if you are observed using a hand held device. It is illegal for drivers to use handheld electronic devices while their vehicle is in motion.
For offenses committed between October 5, 2011 and May 31, 2013, the violation carried three driver violation points.
For offenses committed on or after June 1, 2013, this violation carries five driver violation points.
On November 1, 2014, the following changes to the cell phone/texting laws for drivers with a probationary license, Class DJ, Class MJ or a learner permit take effect (for cell phone and texting violations committed on or after November 1, 2014):
Conviction will result in a mandatory 120-day driver license or permit suspension.
Subsequent convictions within six months of a license restoration will result in a a revocation of at least one year of a probationary license, junior license or learner permit.
On November 1, 2014, maximum fines for cell phone and/or texting use while driving will increase (for cell phone and texting violations committed on or after November 1, 2014):
For a first offense, $50 to $200
For a second offense committed within 18 months, $50 to $250
For a third or subsequent offense committed within 18 months, $50 to $450