June 20, 2024 3:59 am

“Click It or Ticket” Campaign Urges Californians to Buckle Up During Memorial Day Weekend

As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, the Glendale Police Department is reminding travelers to always buckle up and ensure children are secured in the appropriate car seats when visiting friends and family.

This year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign runs from May 20 to June 2. During this period, the Glendale Police Department will deploy additional officers on patrol to actively check for drivers and passengers who are not wearing seat belts. This includes monitoring vehicles to ensure that children are secured in child safety seats or the correct safety seats for their age.

“Wearing a seat belt should be automatic for all drivers and passengers every trip,” said Glendale Police Department Sergeant Ryan Gunn. “Seat belts save lives, and everyone — front seat and back, child and adult — needs to remember always to buckle up.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 12,000 people killed in crashes throughout the country in 2021 were not wearing seat belts. In California, 878 people killed in crashes in 2021 were not wearing seat belts, marking an increase of 12.3 percent from 2020.

California law requires a child to be secured in a safety or booster seat until they are at least 8 years old or at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall. Children under the age of 2 must ride in a rear-facing seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall.

The Glendale Police Department’s car seat safety program offers free inspections and assistance with car seat installation. For more information about the car seat safety program, contact PSO Amy Tate at [email protected].

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