BPD - Click it or Ticket Crack Down Nets 415 Offenders

Berkeley, CA. (June 3, 2008) – The Berkeley Police Department concluded its participation in the California Office of Traffic Safety’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  The program, which began May 12 and lasted through June 1st, saw 348 people cited for seat belt violations and 67 others cited for various vehicle code related offenses.  While there were no arrests made as a result of the effort, 9 cars were towed because their drivers were found to be driving on suspended or revoked licenses. 

The $10,000 grant funded 11 Patrol and Traffic Officers to focus on seat belt law enforcement for 118 hours.

Lt Erik Upson, Traffic Bureau Commander heralded the program a resounding success.  “Our mission objective was to educate the public through aggressive enforcement.   I think the number of citations we issued is a clear indication we are mission complete.”

Officer Kevin Reece, Motor Officer and the department’s grant administrator, echoed Lt Upson’s satisfaction in how the program was executed but issued the following reminder, “Though the formal program maybe over, we will still be out there every day, reminding the community of the importance of seatbelt usage…as painful as that may be for them at times because seat belts save lives.”       

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