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Starting Monday, May 19, officers will cracking down on motorists who were not belted as part of a 2014 national seat belt enforcement mobilization, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.
The report said the action aims to bring down the number of California Drivers who choose to go without seatbelts on a regular basis — an estimated 800,000 people.
The report also said that the number of accidents related to not wearing a seatbelt is actually on the rise for the first time in five years.
“Wearing a seat belt is one of the easiest and best things you can do to protect yourself in the event of a car crash,” said Rhonda Craft, Director of the California Office of Traffics Safety, in the report. “Taking a few moments to properly secure yourself and all your passengers before going on your way could mean the difference between life and death.”
Drivers over the age of 16 who are caught driving without a seatbelt could have to pay a $161 fee or more for their first offense and drivers who fail to properly buckle any child under the age of 16 will likely face a minimum fee of $490 per child for a first offense, according to the report.