Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

News

Click It or Ticket: Police to Focus on Seat Belt Law This Week

click-it-ticket-week.jpg
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

In recent years, collisions on California roads have left 600 people dead who, authorities say, would be alive today if they wore their seatbelts. In an attempt to engrain that message on residents throughout the state, officers across the state this week are participating in a "Seat Belt Enforcement Crackdown." A regular seat belt ticket runs $142 and will increase $3 later this Summer. Think it's just about making money? That may be, but officials say it's not only for your safety -- you have a 50% greater chance of dying in a crash when not wearing one -- but to protect taxpayer money, which pays for uninsured drivers sent to the hospital. Anyway you put it, putting on a seatbelt takes a second to do.