Police say citations for not buckling up are down in the latest seat-belt enforcement wave, which ends Sunday.
Just more than 60 citations have been issued since the latest “Click it or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement effort that began May 20. That compares with 131 citations during a March seat belt enforcement wave.
“The number of citations we’re giving out is down,” said city Public Safety Lt. Brandon Aultman. “Most people are wearing them.”
About 90 percent of drivers were wearing seat belts, based on a survey of 100 cars at three locations in the city before the latest enforcement wave began. That compares with 84 percent before a November enforcement detail.
Aultman said the police department uses banners and flyers to promote seat belt usage among adults — and the use of properly installed car seats for children.
Drivers who ignore the law are given $116 tickets for failure to wear seat belts. If a young child is not properly restrained in a car seat, the ticket is $166.
No warnings are being issued for seat-belt violations.
Drivers should simply remember to buckle up to avoid a seat-belt ticket, Aultman said.
“It takes very little time, and it’s guaranteed to save you some money because we’re looking,” Aultman said.
Besides issuing tickets, Greenacres police are rewarding good behavior. They’re handing out “thank-you” certificates and plastic junior police officer badges to children who are properly buckled up in selected locations.
Aultman said police officers stand on median strips on major roads throughout the city to watch for seat-belt violations. They’re in uniform and wearing bright green safety vests.
“We’re not hiding from anyone,” he said.