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May 16, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Drivers who refuse to wear their seat belts – beware. The 2012 startofsummer Click It or Ticket  seat  belt  enforcement  mobilization  kicks off May 21st  to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.


The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is joining  with  other  state  and local law enforcement officers to help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock. Seat  belts  are  the  most  effective  piece  of  life saving equipment on your car.

“Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy,” said Sheriff Bill Gore “Our goal is to save more lives, so deputies will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.”

Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year and the Sheriff's Department is helping spread the word. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.

Yet, too many motorists may need a tough reminder. 22,187 people were killed in car crashes in 2010 and 51 percent of them were  NOT wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk. Data shows that among teen and young adult passengers in 2010, ages 18
34, who were killed in car crashes, 62 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash – the highest percentage of any age group. The number jumps to 66 percent when just men in this age group are included.

While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 21st  through June 3rd, drivers should know that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year
round. Total costs for a first time ticket are at least $142.


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