‘Click It or Ticket’ seat-belt enforcement campaign underway

Police are reminding Big Island motorists that the national “Click It or Ticket ” campaign is from now until June 4.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts save approximately 13,000 lives each year. Officers will be focusing efforts on assuring that all occupants of vehicles are wearing their seatbelts and that children are properly restrained.

If a driver is stopped by an officer and occupants aren’t wearing the proper restraints the seatbelt laws will be strictly enforced.

Hawaii’s seat-belt law requires that all front and back seat motor vehicle occupants buckle up. Adults and children must use their seat belts and child restraints at all times. The child-restraint law requires children under 4 to ride in a child safety seat, and children between the ages of 4 and 8 years to ride in either a child safety seat or a booster seat.

Violators of the child-restraint law are required to attend a four-hour class and may be assessed a fine between $100 and $500 depending upon the number of offenses.