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Click It or Ticket campaign promises 'zero tolerance' for those ignoring seat belt laws

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield police said they "will show zero tolerance" for those in passenger vehicles without seat belts as the Click It or Ticket campaign begins Memorial Day Weekend. 

Officers will be out in force starting May 21 ensuring drivers and passengers are properly secured in their vehicles, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. 

The minimum fine for being caught without a seat belt is $162, police said. 

"This Memorial Day period and, in fact, every day, we want everyone in every vehicle to remember that buckling up could be their greatest defense in a crash," California Office of Traffic Safety Director Rhonda Craft said. "Putting on a seat belt is one of the quickest, simplest and most effective ways to ensure you and your loved ones remain safe and sound on the road." 

The percentage of people killed in crashes in 2016 who were not wearing seat belts came in at 48 percent, police said. That percentage jumped to 56 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. 

Click It or Ticket is a national campaign funded by a grand from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 


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