Life Saving Click It or Ticket Mobilization Begins – Concord Police Department Kicks Off High Visibility Enforcement

May 18, 2014 13:00 pm · 15 comments

Concord Police Department wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. In order to enforce this reminder, beginning Monday, May 19th, officers will be joining in the 2014 national seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

Even with a seatbelt usage rate of 97.4 percent, California still has 800,000 or more who aren’t buckling up. In a crash, they stand a 50 percent greater chance of being killed than those who have taken the two seconds to buckle in. In an on-going effort to reach those remaining safety hold-outs, police, sheriff and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) departments across the state will be taking part in Click It or Ticket from May 19 through June 1.

“Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” said Concord Police Sergeant Cody Harrison. “If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”

According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. – 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts.

“Wearing a seat belt is one of the easiest and best things you can do to protect yourself in the event of a car crash,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffics Safety. “Taking a few moments to properly secure yourself and all your passengers before going on your way could mean the difference between life and death.”

The cost for a seat belt violation in California for unbuckled vehicle occupants over age 16 is a minimum of $161 for a first offense. The penalty fees for failing to properly buckle up any child under the age of 16 is a minimum $490 per child for a first offense, plus a violation point will be added to the driver’s record. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket.

For more traffic safety information, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Click It or Ticket mobilization, www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

{ 15 comments }

1 I wish they would concentrate more on May 18, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Cell Phone and Texting abusers. This is where the REAL DANGER lies. I see it every day.

2 funny man May 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

double plus good, comrade!

3 Pinky May 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

With all the cutbacks do we really have the resources available to devote to something that only affects 2.6% of the population?

4 ClayDen May 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Not wearing a seat belt is just stupid. If you are in an accident and are not wearing one, the amount you receive from the insurance company should only be that which would have been incurred had you been wearing your seat belt. This principle should also be applied to other irresponsible behavior, such as texting.

@Pinky
I suspect that the enhanced enforcement will also result in citing many more violations, such as texting.

5 Cowellian May 18, 2014 at 3:01 PM

When I was growing up, we had cars that never had seat belts. By the time our kids came along, they never knew that not wearing a belt was even an option.

6 Russ May 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

what kind of knucklehead doesn’t wear a seatbelt????

7 Just another Concord resident May 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

This is such a ridiculous law. When it was passed by the voters, it was not a primary cause for a traffic stop, only a secondary offense.. Now we have $$ invested in enforcement that could be better used somewhere else. It is time to repeal this and other wastes of taxpayer money. Yes, it is only logical to wear a seatbelt, but why do I have to pay a cop to patrol for such a thing?

8 Dorothy May 18, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Learned how to drive later in life. Lesson 1 – close door. Lesson 2 – step on brake. Lesson 3 – fasten seat belt.

One of my sons decided he didn’t like wearing a seat belt. I always told him the car couldn’t start until his was buckled.

9 ClayDen May 18, 2014 at 4:04 PM

@Just another Concord resident

Why do I have to pay higher insurance rates because some idiot doesn’t buckle his seat belt, or decides it’s OK to text while he drives???????

10 Pat Smith May 18, 2014 at 4:05 PM

“800,000 or more who aren’t buckling up”. This should be another great revenue raiser for the money spenders.
Too bad none of the politicians, civic leaders or the cops really care about the public buckling up, just the cash.
Oh there may be one person who cares.

11 2busymom May 18, 2014 at 4:08 PM

If you choose to not wear a seatbelt, please fill out your organ donor card.

12 ChampagneKitty May 18, 2014 at 5:48 PM

I’m sorry that you feel that way, Pat Smith. Thankfully, not everyone is as cynical as you. I do not believe that your comment reflects reality.

13 Old Guy May 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Why don’t they spend their time on speeders and red light runners along Clayton Road?

14 Pat Smith May 18, 2014 at 6:27 PM

ChampagneKitty- Thankfully, not everyone is a Pollyanna like you. You have information proving otherwise? Enlighten us.
Waiting for you to reflect reality……………

15 Sy May 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Just because you don’t buckle your seatbelt? After so many years of having that dumb law, I still don’t understand it. Who cares if someone else doesn’t buckle up. What gets me are the numerous people I see on their *DARN* cell phones. If I was a cop, I’d be issuing a ticket every 10 minutes. Cops aren’t issuing enough of those tickets (!!!).

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