The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reminds everyone who goes to visit friends or family on a weekend of Remembrance Day to always buckle up and keep children in child safety seats.
This year’s Click it or Ticket campaign runs from May 23 to June 5. At this time, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will have additional deputy patrols who are actively looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing seat belts. This includes vehicles where children are not secured in child safety seats.
“Wearing a seat belt should be automatic for all drivers and passengers,” said Sergeant Robert Hill. “It’s safe, especially when it comes to ensuring the safety of children in child seats.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 10,893 people killed in accidents across the country in 2020 were not wearing seat belts. In California, 756 people killed in crashes in 2020 were not wearing seat belts, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state.
California law requires that a child be secured in a safety seat or booster as long as he is at least 8 or at least 4 feet, 9 inches. Children under the age of 2 should ride in a rear-facing seat if the child does not weigh 40 pounds or more or has a height of 40 or more inches.
California has a basic seat belt law that allows law enforcement officers to issue a ticket for not wearing a seat belt without committing another traffic violation.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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