LEE COUNTY, Fla.-- Law enforcement from all over Florida will be looking for unrestrained motorists as part of the latest wave of the Click It or Ticket campaign.
The Florida Highway Patrol will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across the country for the 2011 national Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement mobilization on May 23 - June 5. During the mobilization, officers will crack down on motorists who fail to fasten their safety belts.
“Though Florida traffic deaths continue to decline, preliminary data shows that in year 2010, 767 unrestrained drivers lost their lives in traffic crashes,” said Major Carlos Vazquez, commander of FHP’s Troop F, which covers 10 counties in southwest Florida. “The Florida Highway Patrol maintains a zero tolerance policy for seat belt violations; if you are unrestrained you will be ticketed.”
Florida achieved a record high last year when the safety belt usage rate climed to reach 87.4%. In 1994, that rate was at 60%.
Fines for safety belt violations vary by location.
In Collier County, the fine is $113. In Lee County, the fine is $109. If you're ticketed in Fort Myers for not buckling up, the fine is $111.