Livermore police checking for seat belt violations in April

Department admits, though, that usage rate is now 99%

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.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 3, 2010 at 11:31 am

Looks like City of Livermore has A few extra officers if they are out looking for one out of A hundred that has A seat belt infraction

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Apr 4, 2010 at 12:43 am

Maybe they could find just a few of the taggers who routinely deface every neighborhood in the city.

I guess a few people endangering only themselves is a bigger societal problem than a few people annoying everyone and uglifying the city while perpetuating their gangster culture.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2010 at 9:47 am

Keep voting in idiots who put idiots in charge of the police and this is what you get.

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