SoCal: “Click it or Ticket” Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign Starts on May 20


Remember to Buckle Up for Safety 

The Memorial Day holiday weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. For many children across the country, it also marks the start of summer vacation. Starting on May 20th thru June 2nd, Police Departments from all around southern California will have additional deputies on patrol.

Lay Enforcement Officers will be focused on catching drivers and passengers who are not buckled up, including drivers who do not secure children in child safety seats. The enforcement effort is part of the national Click It or Ticket campaign focused on increasing seat belt use.

“Seat belts have proven time and time again to be life-savers,” said Deputy Marker, “Buckling up should be second nature.”

At 96.2%, California has one of the highest seat belt use rates in the nation. However, 532 people killed in crashes statewide last year were not wearing a seat belt.

“Putting on a seat belt takes a few seconds and is your best protection in a crash,” said Deputy Marker. “We want everyone to be as safe as possible when driving or riding in a car and wearing a seat belt is the easiest way to do that.”

In California, the fine for a seat belt violation is $162, and $490 for failing to secure a child in the proper safety seat. Under California law, children under two years old, 40 pounds and 40 inches are required be in a rear-facing car seat. Children under the age of eight must be secured in a car or booster seat.

California has a primary seat belt law, which allows law enforcement officers to ticket someone for not wearing a seat belt without committing another traffic violation.

Funding for Click It or Ticket enforcement efforts are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Press Release Provided By the Riverside County Sheriffs Department

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