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Click It Or Ticket Seat Belt Enforcement Returns

May 21, 2012, 7:20 AM HST
* Updated May 21, 9:55 AM
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Click it or Ticket Flyer.

By Wendy Osher

The state’s annual “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement Campaign for 2012, began over the weekend and runs through June 4th.

On the Big Island, police have set up roving patrols and daytime and nighttime seat belt enforcement checkpoints.

Here on Maui, similar enforcement efforts are being conducted.

Hawai’i law requires seat belts for those riding in the front seat and those 17 and under riding in the back seat. The fine for a seat belt violation is $92.

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Child restraint violations will also be enforced. Under state law, children under the age of four must be properly restrained in a child safety seat, or be in a booster seat until the age of seven.

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Violators face fines of between $100 and $500, and must attend a mandatory four-hour training class.  Violators of this law, must go to court.

Police say 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.

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