By Rylie Friesen- The Citrus Heights Police Department has launched an enforcement effort to crack down on drivers and passengers who fail to properly restrain themselves with a seat belt.
Joining with police agencies around the country, the “Click it or Ticket” campaign promotes car safety and wearing a seat belt, as well as the safety of children. This year’s campaign spans from Nov. 16-29.
According to a press release sent to The Sentinel by the local police department, a recent report found the use of seat belts among backseat passengers has dropped to 76% in recent years.
“Wearing a seat belt is your best defense on the road,” Citrus Heights Police Sergeant Shaun Gualco said in the news release. “It only takes a few seconds and helps keep you and your family safe.”
In 2017, nationwide, seat belts saved 15,000 peoples lives, ages five and older, police said.
The fine for violating seat belt laws is $162. In California, children must be properly secured in a safety seat until they are at least 8 years of age, and in the second row of the vehicle when available. Children must ride rear-facing until the age of 2, or if they reach 40 inches in height or 40 pounds.