SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – There is renewed effort to make sure every person on a California roadway is wearing a seat belt. Already, a majority of us do – 96% drivers and passengers, according to law enforcement officials. For the next two weeks, 140 Bay Area law enforcement agencies will be joining the California Highway Patrol in its statewide effort to target that other 4% not buckling up.

KCBS’ Rebecca Corral Reports:

Fines for not wearing a seat belt vary, depending on the county in which you get the ticket. In most cases, the citation is at least $100 – most often, a lot more.

“We want people to know no matter how big the fine is, if you’re killed in a crash no amount of money is going to bring you back to life,” reasoned CHP spokesman, Sgt. Trent Cross.

A seat belt, he said, could make all the difference in the world, should you get into an accident.

“A seat belt is such a small thing but it makes such a big difference in the sense that it could be the difference between life or death.”

“Most crashes, you can survive,” acknowledged Cross. “But if the crash is severe enough and you’re ejected from your vehicle your chances of survival are very slim to none.”

It’s no coincidence that the enforcement campaign comes just ahead of the busiest driving time of the year – Memorial Day weekend and summer.

“There are going to be more family gatherings, more barbecues,” Cross pointed out. “We just want people to remember that no matter where your destination may be it’s important to wear that seat belt.”

Speaking of families, Cross said the CHP was more than happy to do its part to keep the wee ones safe.

“The California Highway Patrol does provide a free service in which we can inspect your child’s safety seat and make sure that it’s installed properly,” he offered. “More than 85% of the seats we inspect are not installed properly.”

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Comments (5)
  1. Tony Devol says:

    Interesting that cops never wear a seat belt. What a bunch of hypocrites.

  2. Adam says:

    Tony. Please come back when you know something .

  3. jimmy says:

    Corrupt DoJ employees tamper with their suspects cars in hopes of causing dangerous automobile accidents.

    1. BOB says:

      jimmy GET A GRIP!!!!!!

  4. The Truth says:

    This is a total joke. More of the police “pretending” to protect us.

    The CHP here love to say that “Speed Kills” and tickets citizens left and right for it. SPEED DOES NOT KILL. BAD DRIVERS KILL. If speed really killed, then half of Germany would be dead. The FACTS are that Germany has higher speed limits and FEWER fatalities. The reasons for this are because Germany builds better roads, trains their drivers better before simply handing them a license and has harsher penalties for bad drivers, drunk drivers, etc. *** So what kills here in the US? The answer is a bunch of completely incompetent people who have no business having a driver’s license. As just one example out of many, these are the people that drive in the fast lane for no reason (which would be a ticket in Germany). So in Germany, cars that want to go fast have a lane to do so in, but here in the US, cars need to swerve in and out of traffic to accomplish the same task which is what helps to artificially CREATE accidents and fatalities. When have you ever seen the CHP pull over someone for going too slow in the fast lane or not merging fast enough onto the freeway, etc, etc, etc? The answer is that most of you have probably never seen that happen. I know I’ve never seen it.

    The police here just want to produce revenue (via arrests & citations)and to make the public think we absolutely can’t live without them. While we certainly do need a police force as a society, we don’t need them to be policing every little tickytack thing. We need them out catching child mol-esters, we need them arresting burglars, we need them stopping gang activity, we need them preventing murders, etc… we don’t need them citing jaywalkers, we don’t need them handing out red light camera tickets to people who come to a “California Stop” on a red light at 2am in the morning with not one other single car on the road, etc.

    Yet it is amazing how a CHP officer can pull over someone on the side of the freeway during rush hour traffic, create a MAS-SIVE traffic hazard by CAUSING rub-berneckers and yet that is completely fine. After all, the revenue from the ticket trumps all.

    As for seat belts, they are SO important that children on school buses don’t need them. Older cars aren’t required to install them. Taxi drivers don’t need them.

    In fact, No country with mandatory laws has shown a decline in death nor injury. Yep that’s right. Seat belts provide a false sense of security that causes people to drive more erratically.

    This is clearly a quota situation in Click it or Ticket Month which is illegal.

    If they were really concerned with safety, then make cars install the HANS device used in race cars. Yet they don’t because they care about revenue, not safety. Wearing a seat belt in an accident could CAUSE paralysis where if someone wasn’t wearing one could be fine. This should be up to the individual driver whether or not to wear one and if they get severely killed or injured by not wearing one, they shouldn’t be allowed to sue.

    I drive a convertible with my top down 95% of the time. I don’t wear my seat belt because I have a bad back from a sports injury and it stiffens up bad if it is held in place for a significant period of time. I pa-ss cops ALL THE TIME and NEVER get a seat belt ticket. However, a few years ago, I did get one during Click It or Ticket Month (while going 5 MPH on the ticket!!!). I asked the officer if I would have gotten this if it wasn’t Click It or Ticket Month and he candidly replied, “Nope.”

    So spare me the cr-ap… the bottom line is that this is about REVENUE. Plain and simple.

    Start ticketing the imbeciles that drive in the fast lane for no reason and cause people to swerve in and out of traffic which will make the roads safer for everyone and stop playing revenue politics.


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