Danville Express

Newsfront - May 18, 2007

If you don't already buckle up: Start now!

The Danville Police Department is participating in California's annual "Click It or Ticket" seatbelt enforcement campaign, which started Monday and ends Sunday, June 3. The period is part of the state's annual effort to increase seatbelt use through a combination of heavy enforcement, advertising and public awareness campaigns.

"It's a safety thing," said Danville Police Chief Chris Wenzel. "You don't know who is going to run into you. There is at least one accident a day in Danville."

Since the campaign started in 2005, nearly a million more drivers are buckling up. The state seatbelt law requires that every passenger in the car, including the driver, is required to wear a seatbelt at all times. If vehicles are stopped and driver or passengers are found to be in violation, law enforcement will issue citations without warnings to the driver and/or passengers.

Tickets for seatbelt violations range from $80 to $91 for adults. When children under 6 are not properly secured in a vehicle, the parent or driver can receive one "point count" on their driving record, with a fine of $330 to $401 on a first offense and $795 to $971 on a second offense.


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