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National ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign May 19–June 1, 2014

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Hawaiʻi Island police are informing the public that the National “Click It or Ticket” campaign runs from May 19 through June 1. During this period, police will increase islandwide enforcement of seat belt and child restraint laws.

Under a law that went into effect on May 20, 2013, the driver now is responsible for all other occupants of the vehicle. If the driver is stopped and any passenger is not using a seat belt, car seat, or booster seat—whether in the front seat or back seat— the driver will be the one cited.

National statistics have shown that the use of seat belts is the single most effective step drivers and passengers can take to protect themselves in a traffic crash.

To help bring awareness to the upcoming campaign, the Police Department’s Traffic Services Section plans a sign-waving event on Bayfront Highway in Hilo from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday (May 19). Volunteers are encouraged to participate. For more information on the sign-waving event, call Traffic Safety Coordinator Dieter Blattler at 961-2226.

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