For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Sgt. R. Rittenhouse, Traffic Bureau, (510) 981-5982

BUCKLE UP DAY OR NIGHT
California Seat Belt Ticket increases to $142

Berkeley, California (Thursday, May 27, 2010) - Berkeley Police Department (BPD) officers will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the statewide 2010 Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 6.

This year, fines and fees across California have increased from $132 to $142 for first-time adult seat belt violations. For children under 16, the fine is $445 for a first-time offense.

“Keeping buckled up at all times is the simplest and most effective way to protect you and your family when you’re on the road,” said Chief Michael K. Meehan. “Our officers will be looking out for motorists who are not buckling up, and taking enforcement action."

“Ultimately, this is about educating the public and keeping our community’s drivers and passengers safe,” he said. “Traffic safety is a priority for the Berkeley Police Department, and we hope that the awareness caused by Click it or Ticket will help save lives and reduce injuries in Berkeley.”

The Click It or Ticket campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to save lives and reduce injuries on California’s roadways.

In spite of a seat belt usage rate of over 95 percent statewide, there are still hundreds of thousands of motorists who fail to use their seatbelt, or ensure their passengers are using their seat belts.

Motorists ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to 35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.

More than 150 local law enforcement agencies statewide and the California Highway Patrol are participating in this year’s Click It or Ticket Mobilization. Funding to support California’s Click It or Ticket campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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