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Officers with the Chula Vista Police Department will be out in force March 21st and April 25th, saving lives by enforcing California seatbelt laws. The increased effort is part of the on-going Click It or Ticket campaign. The campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help California achieve 100 percent seat belt use. The state's seat belt use rate in 2008 was 95.7 percent.

"We want to make sure that every driver and every passenger buckles up on every ride," said Police Chief Rick Emerson. "Here in the United States motor accidents are the leading cause of death among people between 5 and 24 years of age. Study after study has found that seat belts are the most important factor in saving lives during a car accident, doubling your chance of survival."

California has a primary seat belt law which requires that every passenger in the car, including the driver, wear a seat belt at all times.

The Chula Vista Police Department will be out at all hours during the year, including nights and weekends, making sure that everyone is safely buckled in. Officers will be putting a special focus on teen drivers, as their buckle up rate lags behind adults; yet they are disproportionately involved in more crashes. Proper restraints can increase chances of surviving a serious crash by 50 percent.

Funding for the operation to support California's Click It or Ticket campaign was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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