CHP urges drivers, passengers to buckle up


The California Highway Patrol is warning Bay Area residents to buckle up when driving and that it will hold a statewide campaign Thursday to target drivers and passengers without seatbelts.

The "Vehicle Occupant Restraint Dy" will allow officers to work overtime, funded by a grant, to focus their attention specifically on people in cars without seatbelts, CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader said.

According to the CHP, more than 30 percent of the passengers killed in crashes in 2007 and 2008 were not wearing seatbelts.

"Seatbelts are you first line of defense against injuries or death," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement. "If you're not buckled up during a crash, you could be thrown through a window or even crushed by a vehicle."

Wearing a seatbelt can also help save money, Clader said. The cost of an adult seatbelt violation is $132, and up to $435 for not properly restraining a child under 16.

"The goal is to get motorists to buckle up, not just today, everyday," Farrow said of Thursday's enforcement campaign. "Make it a habit, anytime you and your passengers get in the car."

The grant to fund the campaign is being provided by the Office of Traffic and Safety.

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Posted by Kristina
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 14, 2009 at 8:27 am

If people want to choose not to wear safety belts that is their freedom of choice. There is way too much government dictating our actions with regard to our own personal safety. Butt out.

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Posted by DL
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2009 at 9:13 am


Driving is a privilege, not a right, or freedom of choice.

If you ever loose someone close from a car accident where he or she wasn't wearing a seat belt, you may have a change of heart, and agree that it's a good law to enforce on our busy and overcrowded roads/freeways.

Far more concerned with Government bailing out, owning/controlling all of our institutions, banks, and lives on a grand scale. Wearing seat belts is a "safety" issue, not a controlling issue.

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Posted by bobart
a resident of Danbury Park
on Sep 14, 2009 at 10:11 am

DL...totally agree with you..."privilege, not a right". Some people, especially the young, don't always make the right decisions until it is too late. Many times a life could have been saved with just that decision....buckle up and do not drive off until everyone is buckled up.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 14, 2009 at 11:21 am


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Posted by Melanie
a resident of Valley Trails
on Sep 14, 2009 at 11:33 am

You couldn't be more incorrect. When the seat belt or helmet laws are up for appeal it is doctors and health professionals who come out in full force to help maintain the laws that we have. Why? Because people who don't wear their seat belts in crashes don't always die. Many times they are so severly injured that they became major medical burdens on the state. This is a fact. People only have so much coverage (if they are covered at all)and once that runs out, then the state starts to help absorb fees, therefore you absorb them as well. Seat belt and helmet safety is not a policital issue. It is supported by both Republicans and Democrats. Not to mention that thousands of people survive crashes every year because they were properly restrained.

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Posted by Reader
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Kristina is stating a strictly libertarian viewpoint, but the government is doing more than protecting citizens from themselves when enforcing seat belt laws. A driver has more control of a car when wearing a seat belt than when not. Drivers are also not allowed to drive with blood alcohol level >= 0.8%. It is the same sort of idea.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I plan to wear my seat belt...ALWAYS! Safety FIRST!

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Posted by Darwin-esque
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Some people just don't deserve being saved from their own stupidity. No amount of government made rules, regulations or public service announcements will make a difference.

Sometimes you gotta thin out the herd.

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