Make sure you're belted up this month in a way Livermore police can see as you drive by.
Even though the department reports that the usage rate is now about 99 percent, officers are staging intense checks during the month of April to nab that other 1 percent.
Livermore police said that all month long officers will be on the lookout for drivers and passengers who are not properly restrained, including small children who should be in car seats.
Although Livermore police estimated the city's seatbelt use rate
is about 99 percent, the department issued about 1,650 seat belt citations and 225 car seat citations in 2009.
Wearing a seatbelt under the arm or behind the back is both unsafe and illegal, according to police. Doing so leads to more upper body and head movement during an accident. It also puts the belt over vital organs instead of strong bone, which can handle the seat belt's force during a crash.
Police recommend consulting owner's manuals or buying fuzzy
sleeves to adjust seat belts and make them more comfortable.