Motorists who don't wear their seat belts — beware.
The 2012 start-of-summer Click it or Ticket seatbelt enforcement campaign kicks off Monday, May 21 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don't buckle up.
The Roseville Police Department is joining with other state and local law enforcement officers to help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws.
Seat belt use saves thousands of lives across America each year. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.
Yet, too many motorists need a reminder. In 2010, 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA, and 51 percent of them were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.
Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk. Among teen and young adult passenger vehicle occupants in 2010, ages 18-34, who were killed in motor vehicle crashes, 62 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash--the highest percentage of any age group. The number jumps to 66 percent when just men in this age group are considered.
While this year's statewide Click it or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 21 through June 3, motorists should know that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round. Total costs of a first time ticket are at least $142.