IRVINE, CA -- The Irvine Police Department is advising drivers and passengers that officers will be issuing tickets to persons not wearing seatbelts from May 15 through June 4, 2006, including the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The special enforcement period is part of the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” Campaign.
Irvine Police officers will be taking a “zero tolerance” approach toward seatbelt violations during this campaign. Officers will issue citations for seatbelt and child restraint violations with the goal of saving lives and preventing injuries to motorists and their passengers.
The 961 vehicle occupants killed in California traffic collisions last year who did not wear their seat belts had one thing in common -- they did not believe it could happen to them! Taking a few seconds to buckle a seatbelt is the most effective measure a person can take to save lives.
The fines for seatbelt violations range from $91 for a first offense to $193 for a second or subsequence offense. Courts in California are very concerned about children under 16 that are not properly secured in a vehicle. If cited, drivers may receive a one “point count” on their driving record with a maximum fine of $340 for the first offense and $871 for a second offense.
The 2005 California Seat Belt Use Survey revealed that 92.5% of all vehicle occupants wear their seatbelts. That leaves 2.7 million people who do not buckle up on California roadways -- all with a strong chance of receiving a ticket during this three week campaign.
The Irvine Police Department is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety in this campaign in an effort to improve the safety of drivers and passengers who travel through our city. Questions relating to this campaign should be referred to Sgt. Julia Engen at (949) 724-7023.