Police revive 'Click It or Ticket' campaign

Drivers could be fined as much as $435 if they or their passengers are caught not wearing seatbelts, Mountain View police said this week while announcing their yearly seatbelt-enforcement campaign.

Under the campaign, which began on Monday and lasts till May 31, officers are keeping an extra eye out for seatbelt violations, according to police spokesperson Liz Wylie. To help with that goal, she said, police "are going to set up shop where they have a better angle to see seatbelts."

"Click It or Ticket" is intended to remind people of the importance of buckling up. Fines for not doing so have increased this year to $132 for adult passengers, and can be as high as $435 for first-time offenders under the age of 16. Police say they will not let violators off with warnings.

Each year, Mountain View police join dozens of other California law enforcement agencies in a statewide campaign to increase awareness about the importance of seatbelt laws. Authorities say passengers wearing seatbelts are 50 percent more likely to survive a crash than those who are not.

"Seatbelts save thousands of lives every year," said police Chief Scott Vermeer in a press release. "Buckling up will not only save you a heavy fine, it can also save your life."


Posted by Dave, a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 19, 2009 at 4:03 pm

It's good that they are enforcing the seat belt law. Especially since there are so many "red light runners" in the area that are causing a concern. How about looking into that also??

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 19, 2009 at 11:29 pm

They have to pay for that $67,000 piece of art in front of their brand spanking new 6.7 million-dollar unnecessary firehouse somehow, now don't they?

Posted by George, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 22, 2009 at 8:22 am

It would be smarter to invest in accident prevention, as opposed to accident survival. Seatbelts can give you a sense of safety, which can lead to complacency. More than anything else, the safest thing you can do when driving is to pay attention.

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