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."