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City of Woodland Police Department 1000 Lincoln Ave.Woodland, CA 95695Phone: 530-661-7800Fax: 530-662-5377
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ted Ruiz, email@example.com, 530-661-7800 11/16/ 2020
Californians Encouraged to Buckle Up on Every Trip
Nov. 16-29 is Click it or Ticket Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign
Woodland, Calif. – Throughout the month of November, the Woodland Police Department is joining agencies across the country promoting the importance of wearing a seat belt in the car and keeping children safe by making sure they are properly restrained.
This year’s Click it or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign is from Nov. 16-29. During this time, the Woodland Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. This includes drivers who do not properly secure children in child safety seats.
While the seat belt use rate in California was 96% last year, there has been a noted drop in seat belt use by back seat passengers. A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found only 76% of rear seat passengers wore seat belts.
“A seatbelt has already saved my life so I continue to wear it.” Woodland PD, Officer M Juarez said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved nearly 15,000 lives of people ages five and older in 2017.
The fine for a seat belt violation is $162. California law requires a child be properly secured in a safety seat in the second row of a vehicle, when available, until they are at least 8 years of age. Children under the age of 2 must ride rear-facing or until they reach 40 pounds or 40 inches in height.
California has a primary seat belt law, which allows law enforcement officers to ticket someone for not wearing a seat belt without committing another traffic violation.