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Crackdown underway on seat belt law; fines increase

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – Beginning Memorial Day, San Diego County law enforcement agencies began working on a crackdown on seatbelt violations called Click It or Ticket.

Failure to “buckle up” comes with a heftier fine this year and officers say warnings will not be issued, tickets will be.

Fines for first-time adult violators have risen from $132 to $142 this year, and the fine for not securing children under 16 in a car seat or seat belt is $445.

“We will be looking for motorists throughout the area who are not buckling up, day and night,”’ said Sheriff Bill Gore. “It’s not just about avoiding a ticket, it’s about keeping the ones you care about alive.’’

Experts report that drivers and passengers who buckle up have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than those who are unbelted, she said.


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