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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Police Join National Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign
Contact : Sergeant Dan Ryan, Palo Alto Police Department    408-406-1330
Palo Alto, CA -- Palo Alto police have joined a nationwide law enforcement campaign this Holiday Season, in an effort to ensure that everyone in the family gets home safely for the holidays. As part of the 2009 Holiday "Click It or Ticket" mobilization, Palo Alto police are joining officers from across the state and nation, from today through November 30, to strictly enforce seatbelt laws.

"There is absolutely no question that wearing seatbelts saves lives," said Traffic Sergeant Robert Bonilla. "Buckling up will not only save you from a hefty fine, it can also save your life."

Given the years of public awareness campaigns, including the use of hundreds of "Click It or Ticket" highway signs, there will be no warnings given out this month. The Campaign relies on heavy enforcement coupled with a lot of publicity to help save lives on California's roadways.

Currently, seatbelt usage rates are approximately 95.4% statewide; however this and similar campaigns are meant to nudge the other 1.5 million Californians on the roadway into buckling up, every time they hit the road.

"There are no excuses. Nothing is worth risking the lives of you or your family," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of California's Office of Traffic Safety. "This should be a season of joy and thanksgiving, not one of personal tragedy."

Statewide, over 175 local agencies and the California Highway Patrol will be involved in the Campaign. Funding to support the Campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.