**PRESS RELEASE* *PRESS RELEASE**
CLICK IT or TICKET CAMPAIGN
Buckle up and avoid a ticket. The Mammoth Lakes Police Department, along with numerous other state and national agencies, will be participating in the Click It or Ticket mobilization from November 15 – November 28. The department wishes to alert drivers of this planned increase in enforcement of seat belt and child safety seat laws.
The Click It or Ticket campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help save lives on California’s roadways. Properly restrained drivers, passengers and children have a 50 percent better chance of surviving a crash than unbelted occupants. Those ejected from vehicles in crashes or roll-overs are up to 35 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.
All occupants in a vehicle are required to properly wear a seat belt. If a passenger is not wearing a seat belt, the passenger AND driver can BOTH receive a citation. Additionally, placing the upper belt under your arm instead of across the chest greatly reduces the effectiveness of the seat belt and is not in compliance with the seat belt law.
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department will also be participating in the California Office of Traffic Safety Hang Up and Drive campaign. This campaign focuses on preventing distracted driving including enforcing California’s cell phone and texting laws. If you are driving and talking on a cell phone you must use a hands free device. If you are under 18 years old, cell phone use – even with a hands free device – is prohibited. Reading, writing or sending a text based message while driving is always prohibited, regardless of age.
If you are stopped for not wearing your seatbelt or talking on a cell phone without using a hands free device expect to receive a citation.