The San Francisco Police Department will be joining other law enforcement agencies throughout California during the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement program, beginning Monday, May 14 through Sunday, June 3. Officers will be enforcing seat belt buckling laws, which apply to passengers as well as drivers. Officers will also enforce child safety seat laws.
The two seconds that it takes to buckle up not only can save you a ticket, but could save your life! It has been proven that regular seat belt use is the most effective way to reduce driver and passenger fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. In California in 2005, over 36% of vehicle occupants who died in a collision were not wearing seat belts. Unbuckled men between the ages of 18 and 34 are the greatest risk. In 2005, 67% of male drivers and 74% of male passengers in that age group who were not wearing seat belts were killed in crashes.
The fine for not wearing a seat belt ranges from $80 to $91, depending on the county. It will cost up to $350 for not properly restraining a child under 16 in a seat.
Click It or Ticket is a cooperative effort among the five traffic safety-related departments under California's Business, Transportation and Housing Agency: the California Highway Patrol, Office of Traffic Safety, Department of Transportation, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
For more information, please contact:
Sergeant Bob Guinan
SFPD Traffic Division
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103