Lodi police officers will be on special patrol to make sure that everyone has their seat belt on while driving or riding in a car through Nov. 30. Officers will look for drivers, passengers and children to make sure they are properly restrained.
No warnings will be given out.
"There is absolutely no question that seat belts save lives," Police Chief David Main said in a news release. "Buckling up will not only save you a heavy fine, it can also save your life."
California has a seat belt usage rate of 95.4 percent, but that still means more than 1.5 million people in the state are not buckling up. Properly restrained drivers, passengers and children have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants, according to the police department.
Those ejected from vehicles in crashes or rollovers are up to 35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.
More than 175 local law enforcement agencies statewide and the California Highway Patrol will participate in this year's Click It or Ticket mobilization.
Funding was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Swine flu vaccines remain suspended
San Joaquin County will continue to suspend its H1N1 vaccination clinics this week due to a shortage of the vaccine, according to Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Furst.
For more information, call 469-8200 for a recorded message, 468-3862 for general questions or 468-3822 for medical questions, or visit www.sjcphs.org.