“Click It or Ticket” Initiative Hits California Highways

By Michael Pines, San Diego’s Safety Ambassador

“Buckle up.” It’s one of the first things we learn about auto safety as young passengers, and it remains one of the single most effective ways to prevent injury and death in car accidents.

Since 2005, California law enforcement, motor vehicle and safety departments have been working to remind drivers and passengers alike about the necessity of wearing seatbelts on the road with the so-called “Click It or Ticket” campaign. But despite rising seat belt usage rates among most California drivers, approximately one million people are still failing to buckle up for safety.

In an effort to reach those who still neglect to wear seat belts while driving or riding on California roads, law enforcement officials launched this year’s hyper-vigilant “Click It or Ticket” mobilization on Monday, May 23. Now through June 5, officers will be keeping a close eye on the roadways and ticketing anyone – driver or passenger, front seat or back seat – who isn’t buckled in.

Minimum ticket fees for adult seat belt violations start at $142, while adult failure to properly restrain a child under 16 will result in at $445 fine. As Memorial Day weekend approaches and spring getaways call us onto the roads, remember to buckle your seat belt: it just might save your life.

Prioritizing safety on San Diego roads

California’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign has worked wonders on the state’s seat belt use rate, boosting usage from 92.5% to 96.2% in the past five years. However, it is important to prioritize safety for safety’s sake – not just during Memorial Day weekend or times of heightened law enforcement surveillance, but every time you get behind the wheel.

As residents of Southern California, we spend our fair share of time on the road. But even the most experienced drivers aren’t exempt from basic safety precautions when it comes to increased accident risk and highway fatality statistics. Buckling up should be akin to starting the car engine or releasing the parking brake — a requirement for riding or driving that cannot be ignored. And particularly in traffic-heavy cities like San Diego and at busy travel times like Memorial Day Weekend, when distracted driving risk is at its height, seat belts are the best way to protect drivers and passengers from needless injury, trauma and wrongful death on the road.

At the Law Offices of Michael Pines, we pride ourselves on putting safety first. Preventing personal injury is our number one priority, and because we understand the details of accident circumstances and risk-factors we strive to educate both clients and our local community on the most effective ways to avoid auto accidents. Of course, when it comes to seat belts, our advice couldn’t be simpler: buckle up at all times to avoid hefty fines and needless danger on the road.

For more safety tips, follow me on Twitter or log onto our website at http://www.SeriousAccidents.com

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Posted by Social Media Staff on May 26, 2011. Filed under Columns, Michael Pines, Sponsored Columns. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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