GPD cracking down on buckling up

No plans for downtown police beat

In step with law enforcement organizations throughout
California, the Gilroy Police Department plans to crack down on
drivers who fail to wear their seat belts during a

Click it or Ticket

campaign.
In step with law enforcement organizations throughout California, the Gilroy Police Department plans to crack down on drivers who fail to wear their seat belts during a “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Increased nighttime enforcement of seat belt laws will be a major focus of the May 23 through June 5 statewide campaign because vehicle occupants are least likely to buckle up at that time and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained, according to a GPD press release.

The fines and fees for first time adult seat belt violations are a minimum of $142. If children younger than the age of 16 are caught not buckling up, the fine jumps to $445 for a first time offense, according to the GPD.

More than 600 permanent “Click it or Ticket” highway signs, which were erected in 2005, have been updated to bear the “Minimum $142” message to remind drivers that failing to buckle up could be costly, according to the GPD.

Properly restrained occupants have a 50 percent greater chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants, and those ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to 35 times more likely to die than those who buckle up, according to the GPD.

More than 140 local law enforcement agencies statewide will be participating in the upcoming efforts. Funding to support the campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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