TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – This week, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is participating in the New York State Governor‘s Traffic Safety Committee‘s “No Empty Chair” Campaign. The teen driving safety education and enforcement campaign raise awareness of highway dangers, in the hope that there will be no empty chairs during prom and graduation season.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, officers will be out in the community to specifically enforce the use of seatbelts and child restraints. The town police are also conducting stepped-up traffic enforcement near schools in the town.
Police Captain Joseph Cavaliere offered some reminders for motorists:
- All passengers, front and back seats are required to wear a seat belt.
- All children under the age of 4, must be restrained in a child safety seat.
- All children, ages 4, 5, 6, and 7 must be in a booster seat.
- All children, age 2 and under, must be in a rear-facing child safety seat.
- All passengers in a vehicle driven by a class DJ driver, or class DJ permit holder, must use seat belts.