Irvine, Calif. (May 24, 2018) – As the unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time for Californians. Each year, the roadways fill with families in vehicles, on their way to start their summer vacations. To help keep drivers and passengers safe, the Irvine Police Department is reminding motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” The national seat belt campaign is taking place now through June 3, concurrent with the busy travel season.
The Irvine Police Department will deploy additional officers during the campaign on special traffic patrols specifically to stop and ticket both drivers and passengers for failing to use the vehicle’s safety belt restraints. This will also include drivers who fail to secure children in the proper child restraint seats.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (48 percent) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 56 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign is nighttime enforcement. Irvine Police will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In California, the minimum penalty for a seat belt violation is $162.
“This Memorial Day period and, in fact, every day, we want everyone in every vehicle to remember that buckling up could be their greatest defense in a crash,” said Rhonda Craft, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “Putting on a seat belt is one of the quickest, simplest and most effective ways to ensure you and your loved ones remain safe and sound on the road.”
This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember: Report drunken drivers – call 911.
For more information on the Irvine Police Department, visit irvinepd.org.