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BPD will focus on seat belt enforcement

Posted: 2:41 PM, May 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-17 19:22:02-04

The Boise Police Department is stepping up seat belt enforcement between May 16th and May 30th as part of the national Click It Or Ticket campaign.

This enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, widely considered as one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

“We, as traffic and patrol officers, see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear a seat belt.” said Officer Kyle Wills of the Boise Police Motors Unit “We hope this campaign reminds everyone to think about their safety and the safety of their loved ones as they make summer travel plans.”

In 2015, failure to use a safety restraint was the second high traffic offense behind speeding in Boise with 4,811 citations issued.

Here is a run down from the department of what could result in a ticket:

• ISC 49-673(3a): A violation carries a fine of $10.

- Failure to use a seat belt by a driver or occupant over 18 is not a primary violation (meaning a driver must first be stopped by an officer over for another suspected traffic violation), however no other citation is necessary.
- If an officer stops an adult driver for a traffic violation and finds the driver is not wearing a seat belt the driver may receive a citation for a seatbelt violation. If the officer finds the adult driver has allowed one or more juveniles (under age 18) passengers not to wear a seat belt, the driver may receive a separate citation.
- An adult passenger not wearing a seat belt may receive a citation.
- A juvenile driver under 18 may receive a citation for being the operator and not wearing a seat belt. A seat belt violation for a juvenile driver carries a $66.50 fine.

• Child safety seats are required for children less than seven years of age. ISC 49-672. The violation carries a fine of $84.

• For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot .