For many, it’s the first thing they do when they get in a car. For some, it’s an unnecessary inconvenience. For all, it’s one of the most effective safety devices in a vehicle. Seat belts save millions of lives each year, but unfortunately, there are people who still don’t buckle up. But that’s changing, thanks in part to the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
Kicking off May 15, “Click It or Ticket” is a national high-visibility enforcement period that targets motorists who fail to buckle themselves or their children. The University of California Police Department, Los Angeles (UCPD) will participate in the campaign by having its patrol officers intensify enforcement of seat-belt and child-passenger safety laws for public, University and electric-cart vehicles. Drivers failing to restrain themselves and their child passengers will be ticketed according to the law.
The maximum fine in California for a seat-belt violation for individuals 16 and older is $87 for the first offense and the citation more then doubles for the second offense. Drivers who are cited for not properly securing children under 16 in a vehicle are subject to a maximum fine of $340 for a first offense and up to $871 for a second offense.
Saving lives, preventing injuries and increasing awareness about the effectiveness of seat belts is the goal of “Click It or Ticket.” And it works: During last year’s enforcement period in the UCLA vicinity, UCPD officers issued 101 seat-belt citations. Data from a survey conducted at UCLA at the close of the 2005 campaign showed a seat-belt use rate of 95%. The UCPD is aiming for an even better outcome during this year’s enforcement period and is encouraging all drivers to participate in the campaign for their protection and the safety of their passengers.
For questions about the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, contact Luis DeVivero, Crime Prevention Officer, University of California Police Department, (310) 825-6111 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.