HPD Encourages the Public to Buckle Up for Safety This Memorial Weekend

The Hawai‘i County Police Department, in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced their annual Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign which is currently running through June 2.

During the campaign, which is designed to remind drivers that seat belts save lives, Hawai‘i Island police along with state and local law enforcement agencies across the country will be issuing tickets to drivers who choose not to buckle up. In Hawai’i County, the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $102 per person.

Wearing a seat belt is the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.

In 2020, more than half of all young adults’ ages 18 to 34 killed in crashes were completely unrestrained. Men make up the majority of those killed in crashes, representing 67% of all passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2020. Data show 55% of men killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt, compared to 43% of women killed in crashes.

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