LA MESA, CA — Police are reminding everyone to click it or expect a ticket in La Mesa.
The La Mesa Police Department’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign kicked off Monday and runs through June 4. Throughout the campaign, there will be additional patrol officers searching for drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts, according to the department. This includes vehicles where children are not secured in child safety seats.
“Wearing a seat belt should be automatic for all drivers and passengers,” La Mesa Police Chief RaySweeney said in a statement. “It’s the safe thing to do, especially when it comes to securing
children in child safety seats.”
Nearly 12,000 people killed in crashes in 2021 in the U.S. were not wearing seat belts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In California, 756
people killed in crashes in 2020 were not wearing seat belts, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all traffic deaths statewide.
California law requires children 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.