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Highway Patrol to Run Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign

Starting Monday, the California Highway Patrol will run a two-week seat belt education and enforcement campaign, in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Chief Avery Browne, Commander of Golden Gate Division stated, “Use of seat belts and proper installation and usage of child restraints are a top priority. We want people to make it to their destinations safely but if there is a collision, we don’t want to explain to your family that your injury or death could have been prevented if you had worn your seat belt. It only takes two seconds to buckle your seat belt, and those two seconds could literally save your life.”

In a media release, the Highway Patrol said that, in 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying nationwide.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately 1,243 individuals were saved in California during that same time period.

However, fatal collisions involving people in cars not wearing their seat belts have gone up for the first time in five years.

And, during Memorial Day weekend, 2013, 15 people were killed in California Highway Patrol jurisdiction, six without seat belts (40 percent of the total vehicle occupants).

The minimum cost of an adult seat belt violation in California is $142, and up to $445 for not properly restraining a child under age 16.

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