Buckle Up! It’s the Law!
As the Sheriff of Riverside County, I am urging you to wear your seat belt. Over the years, I have seen all too many needless fatalities that could have been avoided by doing something as simple as buckling a seat belt.
Tragically, someone dies every 32 hours in a traffic collision here in Riverside County. It’s even more shocking to learn that last year, more than 1200 of those fatalities were the direct result of the victims not wearing seat belts. Do you want to become a statistic? Think about it, and buckle up... it’s the law.
Understanding the Law
Wearing a seat belt isn’t just a good idea, it’s the law and many states are conducting heightened enforcement of the seat belt laws. Seat belt tickets may mean hefty fines and, in some places, points on your driving record and increased vehicle insurance fees. Every 15 seconds, someone is injured in a traffic crash.
If you’re not buckled up, you could be thrown through a window, sent skidding onto the pavement or be crushed under a vehicle in a crash. Someone is killed in a crash every 13 minutes. However, seat belts save over 11,000 lives each year, and they can help you maintain control of your car in a crash.
Seat Belt Facts & Tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- Car Seats, Boosters and Seat Belt Safety
- Child Safety
- Auto Safety and the Importance of Child Safety Seats
- Pregnant Woman’s Guide to Buckling Up
- Top Five Things you Should Know About Seat Belts
Click It or Ticket
Click It or Ticket (CIOT) is the most successful seat belt enforcement campaign ever, helping create the highest national seat belt usage rate of 84%. Coast to coast, day or night, the message is simple - Click It or Ticket.
If you’re planning to hit the road for a late spring or early summer getaway, be sure that everyone in the car wears their seat belt on every trip, day and night. Law enforcement throughout the state, including the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the 2010 Click It or Ticket mobilization, May 24 through June 6. This year, fines and fees have increased from $132 to $142 for first time adult seat belt violations. For children under 16, the fine is now $445 for a first time offense.
You can find crime and registered sex offender data for areas patrolled by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and for other law enforcement agencies in Riverside County at the CrimeReports website. The website displays a map with flags for a variety of crimes and allows you to select which crimes to display for any 30-day date range within the prior six months.
Type the address or city and state you wish to see then press the search button next to the address box. If you don’t see any crime flags on the map, try zooming in or out. Use the "Advanced Search" in the gray bar to select the date range within the past six months, and to select any of the crime types to be displayed. You can also print a list of the crimes by clicking the "Show Details" button.
Due to report processing times, recent specific crime incidents may take 5 to 10 days to appear on the CrimeReports website.
This website provides information on registered sex offenders pursuant to California Penal Code § 290.46 so that members of the public can better protect themselves and their families. The information on this site is extracted from the California Sex and Arson Registry (CSAR), the State’s repository for sex offender information.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger or needs medical assistance please call 911.
If you are the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, strangulation, stalking or any other intimate partner violence, you have the right to protect yourself. Use the following link to view your resources including restraining orders, safety plans, legal assistance and support at the Riverside County Family Justice Center:
Offers resources on child abuse and neglect, including definitions, identification of signs and symptoms, statistics and data, risk and protective factors, perpetrators, the impact on individuals and society, and fatalities.
CrimeReports is the nation’s largest collection of law enforcement agencies committed to transparency, public access, and citizen engagement.
Learn about simple steps you can take to keep yourself safe.
This site allows you to report abuse or neglect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Numerous fraud schemes involving mortgage assistance, outstanding tax collection, foreign government assistance, and even to companies promising to return money lost are impacting citizens throughout the county. This page offers resources to help you recognize these schemes.
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At Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, we have targeted Juvenile Crimes as a major focus of this administration. We want to work with the youth and their family members so that, with everyone working together, we can address the issues before the young minds of our communities lose sight of basic decency and continue on a path of destruction.
Thieves continue to use different methods to commit theft including mail theft. Confidential personal information can be obtained from postal mail in your mailbox. Learn how to stay alert of mail theft.
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Learn who to call in different emergency and non-emergency situations.