The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has had a very successful first week implementing the annual “Click it or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement campaign. The stats for the first week of the campaign are as follows:
• Saratoga – 138 citations
• Cupertino – 136 citations
• Los Altos Hills – 56 citations
Total sites for week one: 330 cites. The Click it or Ticket campaign will continue through the Memorial Day weekend and will conclude on June 4.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is hoping the campaign will make people more aware of the dangers of driving while unbuckled. The 961 vehicle occupants killed in California crashes in 2004 who did not wear their seat belts had one thing in common: they did not believe it could happen to them!
Besides buckling their own seat belts, drivers must make sure their passengers’ seat belts are buckled as well, or they can be cited for each passenger 16 years and older that is not buckled up. Additionally, says Sergeant Neusel, passengers 16 years and older can be cited if they are not secured in their seat belts.
The maximum fine for seat belt violations for persons 16 and older is $91 for a first offense and approximately $193 for a second offense.
The 2005 California Seat Belt Use Survey revealed that 92.5% of vehicle occupants wear their seat belts. “The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is committed to making the streets in its contract cities the safest possible,” said Sergeant Neusel.