MB Police Warn Drivers to 'Click It Or Ticket'
May 26, 2016 09:12AM ● Published by Jeanne Fratello
The minimum ticket cost of an adult seat belt violation in California is $162 and up, and the fine is a minimum of $465 for not properly restraining a child under 16. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket.
“Everyone inside the vehicle should be safely secured every trip, every time. Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and death,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow. “It takes only seconds to buckle up, and those seconds could literally save your life.”
The first "Click It or Ticket” campaign debuted in California in 2005, and since then the state’s seat belt use rate has increased from 92.5 percent in 2005 to a record high of 97.4 percent in 2014, representing over 1.5 million more vehicle occupants who have started buckling up.
While the national seat belt use rate is at 87 percent, it is over 97 percent in California. Nevertheless, there are still more than a half million drivers and passengers on California roadways unbuckled or kids not in safety seats.
During last year's Memorial Day extended holiday, 31 people died in California automobile collisions. Two-thirds of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
“So many of the deaths and injuries that occur on the highway are completely preventable,” said Farrow. “Our job is to make the motoring public aware of the risks and encourage them to be especially cautious this holiday weekend.”
The CHP will also be working to dispel misconceptions about seatbelts. For example, many people wrongly believe they are safe in the back seat unrestrained. And yet while half of all front-seat occupants killed in crashes in 2012 were unrestrained, 61 percent of those killed in back seats were unrestrained.
Additionally, many who drive and ride in pickup trucks believe that their large vehicles will protect them more than other vehicles in crashes. However, 63 percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed were not buckled up. Regardless of vehicle type, seat belt use is the single most effective way to stay alive in a crash, according to the California Highway Patrol and California's Office of Traffic Safety.