South Pasadena Police Department | Click it or Ticket Seat Belt Safety Campaign

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The South Pasadena Police Department reminds everyone who plans to take a trip to visit friends or family over the Memorial Day Weekend to always buckle up and keep children in child safety seats.

This year’s Click it or Ticket campaign is from May 23-June 5. During this time, the South Pasadena Police Department will have additional officers on patrol to enforce seatbelt laws, including ensuring children are secured in child safety seats.

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“Wearing a seat belt should be an automatic for all drivers and passengers,” states Lieutenant Shannon Robledo. “It’s the safe thing to do, especially when it comes to securing children in child safety seats.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10,893 of the people killed in vehicular accidents nationwide in 2020 were not wearing seat belts. In California, 756 people killed in vehicular accidents in 2020 were not wearing seat belts, and this number makes up nearly 20% of all traffic-related deaths in the state.

California law requires a child to be secured in a safety or booster seat until they are at least eight years of age, or at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall. Children under the age of two must ride in a rear-facing seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds, or is 40 or more inches tall. California has a primary seat belt law, which allows law enforcement officers to cite drivers for failing to wear seat belts, without having committing another traffic violation.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.