In one area near San Francisco, police issued 67 citations for failing to wear a seat belt.
The effort was part of the nationwide " Click It or Ticket" campaign set to run from mid-May to mid-June 2014. Police also issued one citation for driving without a license and one for driving with a suspended license.
According to local authorities, three officers spent an entire day specifically enforcing the seat belt law. The program is funded by a grant from the State of California.
Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs have been in the news a lot lately, because almost every month during the spring and summer driving seasons, law enforcement officers are paid to enforce a certain law.
Police departments nationwide compete for grant money. STEP campaigns in Lamont and Shafter are often aimed at:
In California, the Office of Traffic Safety gives STEP financial grants to local law enforcement agencies. In return for providing money for both regular and overtime officer hours, the OTS keeps some or all of the money generated from vehicle impounds in Bakersfield.