Click It or Ticket California
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. Buckling up isn’t just about avoiding a costly ticket. It’s also the quickest, simplest and most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a car accident. It only takes a couple of seconds to buckle up, and it could save your life. Since Click It or Ticket debuted in California in 2005, seat belt usages has increased from 92.5 percent to 97.4 percent.
The Financial Costs of Not Buckling up
At a minimum, a citation for an adult failing to buckle up can cost about $162. Depending on the circumstances, and whether or not you have unbuckled children in your vehicle, you could be looking at a ticket costing up to $465. It doesn’t matter if you’re not the parent. If you have children in the car, and they’re not buckled up, you as the driver are going to be the one with the ticket.
Seat Belt Safety Facts
- In 2013, nearly half of all motor vehicle occupants who died in crashes were unrestrained.
- In 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 lives.
- In 2013, more than a third of all children ages 12 years old and younger killed in crashes were unrestrained.
- Among young adults 18 to 34 years old killed in crashes, 61 percent were completely unrestrained.
- From 2008 to 2012, seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives.
Buckle Up For Every Trip
The only way to ensure you don’t get a ticket and you’re fully protected in the event of a car accident is to buckle up for every trip. Whether you’re going down the street or on a cross-country road trip, buckling up for every trip gets you into the habit of always putting safety first. Ensure all children a secured in age and size appropriate car seats too.