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CHP targets those who don’t buckle up

Posted: September 15, 2009 10:58 p.m.
Updated: September 16, 2009 9:30 a.m.
The California Highway Patrol is taking extra steps Thursday to cite those who don’t wear seat belts.

The CHP will place more officers on the road for its statewide campaign “Vehicle Occupant Restraint Day” to catch riders who fail to wear their safety belts while riding vehicles, according to a CHP news release.

The overtime hours will be grant-funded. Participating officers will also be enforcing all  traffic safety laws, accoring to the release.

While the Newhall CHP station will not be adding overtime hours, its officers will also be on the look-out, said Officer Michelle Esposito.

“Every day, seatbelts save lives,” Esposito said.

Esposito said the Newhall station also offers Start Smart classes that stress the importance of safety for new and soon-to-be drivers.

The next class is Sept. 22, and the next available class is Oct. 13.

Those interested in signing up for the class can contact the CHP station at (661) 294-5540.


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