Release Date/Time: 5/18/2017 10:22 AM
Incident: Click It or Ticket Campaign
Report #: N/A
Date: Thursday, 5/18/2017
Time: 10:18 AM
Location: City of Salinas
As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacations, the Salinas Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep you and your family safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 22 through June 4, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.
Officers on patrol will be looking for unrestrained drivers and passengers to stop and cite. 'Salinas police officers see firsthand the tragedies caused when people refuse to buckle up,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of the Salinas Police Department. 'It's an easy thing to do if you just make it a habit. Buckling up should be the first thing you do after sitting in the car.”
Memorial Day weekend is approaching and the summer vacation is season is ramping up. Historically there is an increase in traffic collisions this time of year. 'We want everyone to stay safe. The one thing you can do to save yourself and your passengers in a crash is to buckle up and make sure your passengers buckle up. There are still hundreds of thousands of Californians who don't heed the dangers of unrestrained driving. The goal of the campaign is to wake these people up and get them to buckle up.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly half of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained. During nighttime hours, that number soared to 57 percent of those killed. That's why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement.
Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Salinas, the ticket cost for an adult seat belt violation is $162, with penalties for not restraining a child at $465.
In 2015, 545 Californians where killed because they did not buckle their seat belts according to NHTSA. Nationally, almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2015, more than half (52%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 42 percent were not buckled up.
'Please. We need you to help us spread this message before another friend or family member is killed or crippled as a result of this senseless inaction,” asked Sergeant Ross. 'Seat belts save lives, and everyone needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time.”
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250