police-light-bar1.jpgPolice in Oakland plan to be out in force today citing drivers and passengers caught not wearing seat belts.

The special enforcement effort is part of a yearlong “Click It or Ticket” campaign that aims to increase awareness of California’s seatbelt and safety laws.

An announcement from the police department said today’s aggressive enforcement of state seatbelt laws is part of a wider effort to “keep the safety message to the forefront of everyone’s mind and to aggressively enforce the law to those who don’t buckle up.”

“Seat belts save lives and law enforcement will stop and cite those driving or riding without seat belts in vehicles this week,” Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts said in a statement.

Officers plan to focus on teen drivers, as their usage rate lags behind adults, but they are disproportionately involved in more crashes, according to police.

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