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Cops crack down on seatbelt scofflaws

Original post made on May 24, 2010

The stakes for driving without a seatbelt are going up. Fines for not wearing your seatbelt are increasing as part of Califonia's Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign, which starts today, May 24, and runs through June 6.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 24, 2010, 2:46 PM

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Posted by mv citizen
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm

With serious enforcement of seat belt laws, we will all sleep better at night, knowing that deadbeat drivers who neglect to buckle up will pay their debt to society. Over 95% of California drivers always use their seat belts and this terrible crime wave caused by the scofflaw 4.7% must be stopped.
(I always use a seat belt myself)

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Posted by John the Man
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 24, 2010 at 8:29 pm

mv citizen, most of your posts are really awful. But I concur with you on this.

Isn't everyday 'Enforce Every Law Like You're Supposed To Day'? And why suddenly the pressing need to make a song-and-dance of it? Did compliance rates suddenly and dramatically dip from 95.6% to a totally unacceptable 95.4%?

What a HUGE waste of time and money. It's not like people aren't complying because they are. And it's already an instant ticket if a cop catches your kid not in a proper seat. Don't tell me almost all cops wouldn't ticket you already for that.

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Posted by The Eye
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 24, 2010 at 11:06 pm

I have two words for you:

Revenue Generator


'Nuff said, kids.

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Posted by MVFlyer
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 25, 2010 at 5:41 am

Mr. Roadshow's column in the 5/24 Mercury News stated that seat belt use in Santa Clara County is the worst in the state at 84%, compared to the statewide average of 95%, reason alone to have a crackdown.

Not buckling up kids should be felony, reckless endangerment.

And to anyone who claims it's a victimless crime, everyone pays more when someone needs to be scraped off of the pavement--in taxes to pay for emergency response personnel, and in insurance premiums.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 25, 2010 at 7:33 am

At least this will give the police something constructive to do. It's nice they can be out raising revenue for the city instead of waisting their time with less important crime. "Police-for-profit" is a horrible idea. Time for a new chief? New city manager?

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Posted by The Driver
a resident of Castro City
on May 25, 2010 at 8:18 am

Add aggressively ticketing people who do not use turn signals
and we'll be in the black in no time. I'd LOVE to see non turn signal using cell phone talkers be arrested. "Put down the Startbucks, ma'am, and step out of the SUV"
I'd he in heaven if I ever saw that!! :)

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Posted by bkengland
a resident of Whisman Station
on May 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

The State pays for this much for State budget cutbacks. Seatbelt non-compliance at least affects directly only those in the vehicle in violation. A much bigger problem, in my view, is tailgating, which has a clear innocent-victim component to address. Time to replace this with a Back Off or Kick Off campaign?...

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Posted by OverAgedBiker
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm

What about the underage kids riding there bikes without helmets? Why isn't that law enforced?

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Posted by local
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

In addition to the above mentioned, jaywalking laws should also be enforced. With all the tickets issued as a result of these violations, it doesn't hurt to build revenue.

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Posted by Albert Ming
a resident of Rex Manor
on May 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Vehicles without front licence plates are a huge threat to the city of Mountain View and I am glad the Mountain View Police Department dedicates precious resources to fight such a shameless crime.
I hope the the "Click It or Ticket campaign" won't be a distraction for the MVPD. The crime of missing front licence plate should never go unpunished.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Los altos pd has it covered. When do they NOT have someone pulled over?

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Posted by Max
a resident of another community
on May 25, 2010 at 11:09 pm

So much speeding, tail gating, aggressive driving, cell phone use, HOV lane hogs, etc. on the roads. Why pick on seat belts? Ask any citizen what is top of their list and nobody would say 'seat belts'.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of another community
on May 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Ah! but seat belts don't help if your hit on the side.
People get the wrong idea that seat belts work in all situations.

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