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Seat belt crackdown comes with higher fines
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A seat belt crackdown starts today in Manteca and runs through June 6.

At the same time, higher fines also go into effect. First-time adult seat belt violations have increased from $132 to $142 while the first time offense for children under 16 has ballooned to $445

Law enforcement throughout the state, including Manteca will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the 2010 Click It or Ticket mobilization.

“Keep your friends and family safe by buckling up no matter where you’re going,” said Police Chief Dave Bricker.  “We will be looking for motorists throughout the area who are not buckling up, day and night.  It’s not just about avoiding a ticket; it’s about keeping the ones you care about alive.”

 Seat belt violators will receive citations – no warnings. The Click It or Ticket campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help save lives on California’s roadways.

 “Wearing a seat belt is just simply the easiest and most effective thing you can do on the road to protect yourself and your family,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety.  “That means buckling up day and night, on every trip.”

 More than 600 permanent Click It or Ticket highway signs, which have been up since 2005, will be updated to reflect the new ‘Minimum $142’ in the coming months.