The La Mesa Police Department spent the last two (2) weeks aggressively enforcing the state’s seat belt and child safety seat laws during the second “Click It or Ticket” mobilization of this year’s national campaign, which took place May 24 thru June 6, 2010. The campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help reduce injuries and deaths on California’s roadways.
La Mesa Police Officers wrote 213 seatbelt tickets and impounded 10 cars from unlicensed drivers that were identified after being stopped for a seatbelt violation. Additionally 2 drivers were arrested for outstanding warrants.
“It’s not just about the number of tickets that were written, it’s about the number of injuries that were prevented and the number of lives that were saved,” said Sergeant Brian Stoney. According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, properly restrained drivers, passengers and children have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants. Sergeant Stoney went on to say, “We firmly believe that every person that was stopped and cited for a seatbelt violation is one less person that would have been injured or killed had they been involved in a collision and were not wearing their seatbelt.”
Funding for officer overtime to support California’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign is provided by a grant from SafeTREC at UC Berkeley and the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 280 law enforcement agencies statewide are participating in “Click It or Ticket.”