Fine for not buckling up will now cost more

The fine for not wearing a seatbelt in California has increased to $142 from $132 for first-time offenders and the San Luis Obispo Police Department is ramping up efforts to enforce the law.

Starting May 24 through June 6 the police department is joining the statewide 2010 Click It or Ticket campaign and will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers. For children under 16, the fine is now $445 for a first-time offense.

“Keep your friends and family safe by buckling up no matter where you’re going,” said San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deborah Linden. “We will be looking for motorists throughout the area who are not buckling up, day and night. It’s not just about avoiding a ticket; it’s about keeping the ones you care about alive.”

More than 150 local law enforcement agencies statewide and the CHP will be participating in the seat belt enforcement campaign. Funding to support California’s Click It or Ticket campaign is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

--AnnMarie Cornejo