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Apr 6, 2010 12:38 PM by Bethany Tucker

Goleta police officers to remind residents to "Click It or Ticket"

Officers from the Goleta Police Department will be reminding residents to "Click It or Ticket" over the next few weeks.

The department says its officers will be out in force between April 8th and 23rd, searching for unbelted drivers and passengers. It's all a part of the state's year-long "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

The Goleta Police Department says the state's seatbelt use rate in 2009 at 95.2 percent, which means that there are still millions of Californians not utilizing their seatbelts. "Seat belts save lives and law enforcement will stop and cite those driving or riding without seat belts in vehicles this week," said Police Chief Phil Willis in a press release. "Officers will not give a pass on this critically important safety requirement, so please buckle up and protect your passengers by ensuring they fasten their seat belts or use the proper child restraint system."

Goleta police officers are expected to be out at all hours during the campaign, making sure that everyone is buckled up. They say teens will be a particular focus of officers, as their seatbelt usage rate lags behind adults.

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