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Area deputies emphasize seat belts

COAST CITIES — In an ongoing effort to reduce the potential for major or traumatic injuries as a result of vehicle collisions, Sheriff William D. Gore announced the Sheriff’s Encinitas Station will focus on seat belt violations. Throughout the next several months, deputies in Encinitas will be looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing their seat belts.
“The simple act of buckling up makes a tremendous difference in
preventing unnecessary injury during a crash,” Gore said.
Currently 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. Those ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to
35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.
Given the years of public awareness campaigns, including hundreds of Click It or
Ticket highway signs, no warnings will be given out. The Click It or Ticket campaign
relies on heavy enforcement and education as a means to help save lives on
California’s roadways.
Funding to support California’s Click It or Ticket campaign was provided by a
grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration.