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Press Release: Temecula Police/Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers, passengers to wear a seat belt
Agency: Temecula Police
Station Area: Southwest
Written Date: November 20, 2018 Time: 10:00 AM
Incident Date: November 22-26, 2018 Time: N/A
Incident Location: Various locations, Temecula
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Robert Christolon
File Number(s): N/A

Details:

Temecula, Calif.–This Thanksgiving, the Temecula Police Department is joining the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to remind people how important it is to wear a seat belt, and the potentially deadly consequences of not buckling up.

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. According to AAA, 48.5 million people will hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, making it more critical than ever for drivers and passengers to wear a seat belt. With more cars on the road, the chances of being involved in a crash go up, and a seat belt is the best defense.

It is why during the Thanksgiving holiday, which runs from Nov. 22-26, the Temecula Police Department will be looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. As a primary seat belt law Opens in New Window state, California law enforcement can issue tickets to people who fail to wear a seat belt. Violations are punishable by a $162 fine Opens in New Window.

“Wearing a seat belt can literally be a life-saver,” said, Sergeant Robert Christolon. “It only takes a couple seconds to buckle up and buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.”

The Temecula Police Department is one of many agencies across the country participating in the national Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign aimed at saving lives by making sure all drivers and passengers get the message to buckle up.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend, 341 people were killed in crashes nationwide. Of those killed, 49 percent were not wearing a seat belt.

“Every day, we see the devastating effects of crashes involving people who don’t wear a seat belt,” said Sergeant Robert Christolon. “Whether you’re on a cross-country road trip or driving one block, it’s critical you buckle up every trip, every time.”

Funding for this seat belt enforcement operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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

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