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OFFICERS STAGE SEAT BELT BLITZES

Officers from several area police agencies charged motorists with 180 seat belt violations during two road blitzes, one here Saturday and one Thursday in the Town of Lockport.

State Police Sgt. Ronald Warner said motorists were ticketed for 96 seat belt violations between noon and 3:40 p.m. Saturday on Witmer Road between Military Road and Hyde Park Boulevard. Four were handed out because children were not properly restrained.

The traffic safety stops -- part of the state's Buckle Up New York campaign -- were made by troopers and Lewiston, Town of Niagara and State Parks police officers, Warner said. Motorists also were cited for 21 other vehicle and traffic violations, Warner said.

Motorists were charged with 84 seat belt violations from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday during another seat belt safety blitz on Lockport Road near Campbell Boulevard.

Sheriff's deputies, State Parks police officers and state troopers combined forces to spot motorists and passengers who failed to use their seat belts, troopers said.

Parks Officer Rick Schlenker said the police agencies used two unmarked cars to spot violators near Campbell Boulevard and Lockport Road and alerted officers in police cruisers when violators were headed their way.

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