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Seat belt crack down
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The Turlock Police Department will be exercising a period of maximum enforcement in the upcoming weeks for the Click It or Ticket campaign. Officers will be actively looking for those individuals failing to comply with California’s seat belt laws.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, the state’s seat belt use rate in 2009 was 95.2 percent, which means more than a million Californians are not wearing their seat belts. Collision data for 2008 shows that more than 1,389 people in passenger vehicles died in crashes while unbelted. Proper restraints can increase chances of surviving a serious crash by 50 percent.
“Seat belts save lives and law enforcement will stop and cite those driving or riding without seat belts in vehicles this week,” said Traffic Officer Michael Simbalenko. “Officers will not give a pass on this critically important safety requirement, so please buckle up and protect your passengers by ensuring they fasten their seat belts or use the proper child restraint system.”   
Turlock Police officers will be out at all hours during the campaign, day and night, making sure that everyone is safely buckled in. Teens will be a particular focus of officers, as their usage rate lags behind adults, yet they are disproportionately involved in more crashes.
Funding for this operation supporting California’s Click It or Ticket campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.