Drivers Buckle Up or Pay a $110 Fine

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

As a result of Governor Charlie Crist's efforts to improve safety on the road, drivers in Florida are required to buckle up; and now, law enforcement agencies across the state are escalating their efforts to help save lives with a notorious program, "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

The campaign officially kicks off Monday morning, and according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety, in 2008, nearly 3,000 individuals were killed in motor vehicle related crashes. Of these traffic deaths, approximately 1,795 individuals were either drivers or passengers in safety belt equipped vehicles; in addition, in 2008, 68% of the children, less than 17 years of age, killed in traffic crashes, were not using seatbelts.

This is a primary enforcement law, which means drivers' can simply be pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. Not only is this a huge safety concern, it's a financial burden as drivers' will be faced with a $110.00 ticket; the penalty for violating the Child Restraint Law is a $160.00.

On the Florida DMV's website, it states that ticket fines begin at $30, however, the Bay County Clerk of Courts office tell NewsChannel 7, "It is important to understand that the base fine for a non-moving violation is $30, however, the state mandates extra costs and fees to be collected with these fines, which ultimately add up to $110."

"With 30 percent of traffic fatalities due to Floridians failing to buckle up regularly, it’s clear that far too many people still don’t take the safety belt law seriously," said the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. "The unbuckled rate is especially high — and the fatal crash rate increases significantly at night. So look for us to be out on the streets both day and night in March making sure that everyone is buckled up.”

The mandatory seatbelt law was passed June 30, 2009, during a legislative session. "'This bill will save lives. That's really what's important,'' said Gov. Charlie Crist. ``The most important function of government is to protect.''

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  • by mark Location: spring hill on Mar 1, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    Despite law enforcement, and Whips and chains Charlie's best efforts, the mortality rate will remain 100%, I do not want the government protecting me from myself, I want them to protect me from "THE GOVERNMENT". I don't want to live my life with only the right to comply.
  • by lol Location: pc on Mar 1, 2010 at 10:01 AM
    yea, ok, trying to save our mean trying to dig deeper in our pockets is more like it.
  • by Big Mike Location: Callaway on Mar 1, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    The man with the badge has come down on Big Mike for lots of crazy charges: Evading,resisting arrest, DUI, wreckless driving and a bunch more. But Big Mike draws the line with this seatbelt business. The law needs to find better ways to spend the day and stay out of the business of Big Mike.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 at 07:16 AM
    ok outlaw motorcycles and riding in the back of trucks. no atvs on dirt roads either. spring break , thomas drive is a great chance to really rake in some extra cash for radar guns, car tires and extra cops. i will keep my open on thomas drive and video tape violators and report them. heck i wil even follow them to their hotel and notify authorities. i bet i will get in trouble and fined and charged with something for doing that though.
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