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Click it or Ticket seat belt enforcement effort begins

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:02 p.m. HST, May 19, 2014

Police officers around the state are beginning the annual Click It or Ticket campaign, stepping up citations of drivers who do not buckle themselves up or their passengers.

During last year's campaign, police issued 1,905 tickets for seat belt violations and 105 tickets for child safety seat restraint infractions.

Under a law that went into effect on May 20, 2013, the driver is responsible for his or her passengers and will be cited if any passenger is not using a seat belt, car seat, or booster seat.

The fine for seat-belt violations is $92 -- and $100 to $500 for not buckling up a child.

Hawaii's seat belt usage rate was about 93 percent last year, among the highest in the nation.

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dsl wrote:
The state needs the money. Cops looking for more than just seatbelt violatons. Know your rights!
on May 19,2014 | 12:57PM
glenn57377 wrote:
Federal mandated permission for the States to rape drivers of more money for the police coffers. Yes, everyone should be wearing seatbelts. No, the fine should not be so high. Why are they paying attention to it now and not all through the year? Sure they are. What is the fine when we are not in "fining season?" With respect to all the good the police do, they are administered by people that disguise helping the people with a money grab. Like, there are never any quotas! Do they think we are all stupid? Police could learn about abiding by laws, also. I am constantly witnessing police greatly exceeding the speed limit when NOT responding to a call. This morning, a motorcycle cop was no more than 2 - 4 feet from the right rear bumper of a car doing the speed limit. Isn't there a law about following too close and blinding the driver with headlights from the passenger's side mirror? I cringe every time I see motorcycle cops. They are very experienced riders laughing in the face of death. I am not surprised there is a casualty occasionally. They ride those bike closer than a school of sardines. Those of us that are experienced bikers know they are riding dangerously - because they have NO reaction time in cruising circumstances like that. Come on, motorcycle cops, slow down, show us you are on our team, quit risking your and our lives by doing stupid vehicle movements. Shame on you.
on May 19,2014 | 01:38PM
kekelaward wrote:
Meanwhile, in Waikiki, a homeless guy is taking a dump on Kuhio Av. Killing the Golden Goose.
on May 20,2014 | 07:04AM
moondog73 wrote:
What I don’t understand is even though wearing a helmet has been proven to save lives when driving a motorcycle, it is not mandatory to wear them in Hawaii while fastening seatbelts is. To me, if a driver or passenger over the age of 17 chooses not to buckle up, no loss. They’re idiots if they don’t and it doesn’t hurt to have less idiots in this world.
on May 20,2014 | 03:23PM
moondog73 wrote:
What I don't understand is that there is no mandatory helmet law in Hawaii but there's one for seatbelts. Both are proven to save lives. To me, if a person over the age of 17 decides not to wear a helmet or buckle up, let them go. Nature's way of thinning out the herd...of dummies.
on May 20,2014 | 06:16PM
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