SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Getting in your car and putting on your seat belt should be second
nature, whether you are a driver or a passenger. Take a second of your time and always buckle
up before heading out on the highway.
As a reminder of this life-saving advice, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is participating in
the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign Nov. 18 – 27, 2011. During this time, law
enforcement throughout the state actively look for drivers and passengers who are unbuckled.
Click It or Ticket has a successful track record since its inception in 2005; California’s seat belt
usage rate has increased from a 90.4 percent in 2001 to a record-high, 96.02 percent in 2010.
This increase represents more than 1.25 million more vehicle occupants who buckle up.
“It’s encouraging to see seat belt usage is up and fatalities are at a record-low in California,” said
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Through this heightened statewide enforcement effort our
goal is to further increase seat belt and child passenger safety seat use, and continue to save
According to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, in 2009 there were 544 vehicle
passengers killed who were not wearing a seat belt or using a child safety seat; more than 9,400
others were injured under similar circumstances. Last year, CHP officers issued more than
155,000 citations to drivers and or passengers who failed to buckle up.
The minimum cost of an adult seat belt violation in California is $142, and up to $445 for not
properly restraining a child under 16 years of age. If the parent is not in the car, the driver is issued
“We would prefer not to write the ticket,” added Commissioner Farrow. “I’d like to see
everyone make safe choices and eliminate preventable tragedies on our roadways.”
Click It or Ticket is a cooperative effort among the five traffic safety-related departments under
the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency: CHP, Office of Traffic Safety, Department of
Transportation, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Department of Motor