Law enforcement set to start ticketing

Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Alaska State Troopers and other Kenai Peninsula law enforcement officers will begin a "Click It or Ticket" campaign today to help save lives by increasing seat belt use awareness.

Alaska state law allows police to stop motorists if anyone under 16 years old is not properly restrained. Drivers also can be cited for not wearing seat belts when stopped for other traffic infractions.

In Kenai, if the driver of a motor vehicle is not buckled in, he or she can be fined $15. For unrestrained passengers under 16 years old, the fine is $60, plus two points being assessed on a driver's record, according to Kenai Police Lt. Kim Wan-namaker.

In Soldotna, police also will issue citations for safety belt violations.

The two-week Click It or Ticket campaign in Alaska coincides with the nationwide Buckle Up Week and includes the Memorial Day weekend.

"We're hoping that our efforts will not only increase safety belt use, but will also save lives and reduce injuries," said Bill Tandeske, Depart-ment of Public Safety commissioner.

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