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Sheriff's department promotes seat belt use

• Local deputies to aggressively enforce buckle-up laws this month.

Posted: May 6, 2008 2:02 a.m.
Updated: July 7, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
Between May 12 and June 1, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station will push for drivers and passengers to wear their seat belts as part of its "Click it or Ticket" campaign for California's occupant protection laws.

As part of the three-week campaign, deputies will "aggressively enforce" seat belt laws for all vehicle occupants in order to help California achieve "the highest seat belt use rate in the nation."

According to the Sheriff's Station, California currently ranks fourth in the nation in seat belt usage rate, with 94.6 percent of drivers or passengers reportedly buckling up.

"We want to make sure that all drivers and passengers buckle up on every ride, day and night," said Capt. Anthony La Berge of the SCV Sheriff's Station. "Our deputies will be on the lookout for those who are not buckled up and for teens and children not riding properly restrained. We will not accept excuses or give warnings."

In California, every occupant in a vehicle is required to wear a seat belt at all times. Deputies may cite violators of the seat belt law, with violations ranging from $80 to $91 for adults, and $330 to $441 for children under the age of 16.

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