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Newsfront - May 16, 2008

Crack down on buckling up

The Danville Police Department will be aggressively enforcing the state's seatbelt laws as part of California's 2008 Click It or Ticket mobilization, taking place May 12-June 1. The campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help California achieve the highest seatbelt use rate in the nation. California currently has the nation's fourth highest seatbelt use rate at 94.6 percent.

"We will not accept excuses or give warnings," said Danville Police Chief Chris Wenzel. "Our officers will be on the lookout for those who are not buckled up and for teens and children not riding properly restrained."

California has a primary seatbelt law which requires every passenger in the car, including the driver, to wear a seatbelt at all times. If drivers are stopped and found to be in violation, law enforcement will issue citations without warning. Tickets for first seatbelt violations range from $80 to $91 for adults and $330 to $401 for children under age 16, depending on the county. Additionally, children age 12 and under are required to ride properly restrained in the back seat.

"We're doing well with nearly 95 percent buckling up, fourth highest in the nation," said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. "That's 1.5 million more people protected from death and injury by using seatbelts since the Click It or Ticket campaign started in 2005. But we can do better yet."