Statewide ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign begins today

ANTELOPE VALLEY – Local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol will begin ‘zero tolerance’ enforcement today as part of the statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign.

Law enforcement across the state will be looking for those not properly buckled.

Between May 21 and June 3, drivers and passengers can expect to receive tickets – not a warnings – if officers find them out on the roads unbuckled. Police officers, Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers will all be on the look out – both day and night.

Nighttime passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained. In California in 2010, the number of those who died in crashes and were not wearing seat belts was nearly 60 percent higher at night.

“Wearing a seat belt is the number one defense to protect you in a car crash,” said Office of Traffic Safety Director Christopher J. Murphy. “Your risk of death or serious injury is doubled by not wearing a seat belt. Those are odds no one should be willing to take. No risk is worth it where kids in car seats are concerned.”

Although California boasts one of the highest seat belt use rates in the nation at 96.6 percent, that still leaves more than one million motorists who are at risk for serious injury and death. In 2010, estimates are that over 1,300 lives were saved by seatbelts in California. Another 110 could have been saved if seat belts had been used.

The cost of a seat belt ticket is at least $159 on a first offense. The cost of failing to properly buckle up any child under the age of 16 is at least $479 per child for a first offense, plus having a violation point added to the driver’s record, and $1,079 or more on a second offense. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket. If a driver is found to be in violation of both the seat belt and hands-free or no texting law, they can be cited for both infractions with a combined ticket cost of $318 or more.

This effort supports the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan’s (SHSP) strategies to increase use of safety belts and child safety seats. The SHSP is a collaboration of Federal, State, County and local governments, as well as numerous advocate groups, businesses, and community organizations working together with the goal of “Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

(Information via press release from the California Office of Traffic Safety.)

  8 comments for “Statewide ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign begins today

  1. Quigley
    May 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Cali is just making $$ off the “stupid drivers” Buckle up “stupid” or pay up sucker!

  2. Abdul Majeed Askia
    May 23, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Let us pray that the general public don’t pick up the attitude
    to ridicule pick in their public discussions.Did anyone tell
    this man about his language growing up ? Evidently somebody
    must have called him a amny ugly names,stupid,bastard,crazy
    and on and on !Just to talk about seat belts ! Why hasn’t this
    man been bleeped or directed to a mental institution ? We can’t
    possibly calls this rationalbehavior !Meeting Ace a seat belt
    will not serve any purpose, you will have to take that seat
    belt off and get out of the car !!!

  3. Abdul Majeed Askia
    May 23, 2012 at 6:35 am

    If my recollection serves me right ‘Martin Luther King’ was murdered
    for what he believed in ! His universal love message was not very
    well received. Jesus was crucified. Muhammad was driven out of his
    own town. Most of the civil right leaders were jailed. The Presiden
    Kenndy and President Abraham Linlcon were assisinated and most of
    all the prophets were initially rejectd !!! So where do we get this
    idea from that everyone has to be in agreement with a pioneer or
    an innovator for his message to have relavence ?

    Oh,let me put something in here about click it or ticket it! Put
    your seat belt on and drive carefully ! Make sure you check your
    seat belt before you drive off. Of and running !!! Maybe these seat
    belts will prevent bulging prisons,rising crime,racial tension and
    waywardness ! Buckel down folks,click it or ticket it.

  4. jrl
    May 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    thank you, now where is that like button?

    • Abdul Majeed Askia
      May 23, 2012 at 6:23 am

      Lost for words. Conversation ended. Frivilous wins over
      substance. Random chatter and ridicule wins of reason.

      • ..
        May 23, 2012 at 6:29 am

        And Abdul should know… he is the expert on random chatter and ridicule.

        • Abdul Majeed Askia
          May 23, 2012 at 6:39 am

          Here comes Satan again. Stick to the subject. Put your seat belt on before
          you drive off.

    • Abdul Majeed Askia
      May 23, 2012 at 6:45 am

      Look before you leap and put your seat belt on before
      you drive off. Hey, and the truth is by the grace of
      God twice the seat belt saved my life ! My neck was
      broken in one incident but if I hadn’t put the seat
      belt on it would have thrown me through th winshield!
      In both major calamities the seat belt prevented my
      demise by the grace of God. Honesltly, no jive the seat
      belt can make a world of a difference!

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