Officers in Fresno and San Bernardino who haven’t even caught up
on paperwork from April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month are
gearing up for another program to “celebrate” Memorial Day.
The vaunted “Click It or Ticket” campaign will be back around
the Memorial Day weekend, because these few days are usually one of the
busiest times of year for roadway traffic. Although almost nine out of
ten drivers buckle their seat belts, the National Highway Transportation
Safety Administration says that
50 percent of the folks killed in motor vehicle wrecks were not wearing seat belts.
Officers will especially be stressing nighttime enforcement, because compliance
is lower when the sun goes down.
The Selective Traffic Enforcement (STEP) program runs through June 5.
Seat Belt Tickets
VC 27315 infractions are $161.00 a pop, when including the fine, add-ons, and penalty
assessments. Since they are no-point infractions, traffic school is usually
not an option. Subsections (d) and (e) require the driver and any passengers
to wear their seat belts, and with some exceptions, the drivers are responsible
for the passengers.
The car seat laws are in
Article 3.3, and the penalty can be up to $489.00. A child under 40 inches tall or
weighing under 40 pounds must be in a rear-facing safety seat in the vehicle’s
back or middle seat. Children under 8 must be in a booster seat; children
8 to 16 may be able to get away with just a seat belt, especially on the
higher end of the age spectrum.
These infractions have a lot to do with the lighting. In pretty much all
such trials, the officers testify that they saw the seat belt’s
buckle dangling down, and that is why they stopped the vehicles. So, seat
belt tickets are hard for the state to prove if the stop occurred at dusk,
nighttime, or dawn.
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