Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts — beware. The 2012 "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement mobilization began last week to help save lives by cracking down on those who do not buckle up.
A press release by the Lodi Police Department states that it has joined with other state and local law enforcement officers to enforce seat belt laws and, hopefully, save lives.
"Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy," said Lt. Chris Jacobson in a press release. "Our goal is to save more lives, so Lodi officers will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, statistics show that in 2010, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.
The release also states that younger motorists and men are particularly at risk.
This year's "Click It or Ticket" enforcement mobilization runs through June 3, and total costs of a first-time ticket are at least $142.
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