New York State Police troopers teamed with local police in Lewisboro and Ridgefield, dishing out more than a dozen tickets and making one DWI arrest during an “occupant safety checkpoint” detail near the Connecticut State line.
A total of 16 tickets - including one arrest for an alleged driver who was intoxicated - were doled out during the detail, which was conducted on Route 35 in Lewisboro and Ridgefield, five of which were seatbelt or passenger restraint-related violations.
According to police, “the operation was conducted in furtherance of our mission to ensure highway safety for all users of the roadway.”
Police noted that:
- In the front seat, the driver and each passenger must wear a seat belt, one person per belt. The driver and front-seat passengers aged 16 or older can be fined up to $50 each for failure to buckle up;
- Every occupant, regardless of age or seating position, must use a safety restraint when riding with a driver who has a junior license or learner permit;
- Each passenger under age 16 must wear a seat belt or use an appropriate child safety restraint system. The restraint system must comply with the child height and weight recommendations determined by the manufacturer. Depending on the size of the child, the restraint system may be a safety seat or a booster seat used in combination with a lap and shoulder belt;
- The driver must make sure that each passenger under age 16 obeys the law. The driver can be fined $25 to $100 and receive up to three driver license penalty points for each violation.
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