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Friday, May 19, 2023

PRESS RELEASE: “Click It or Ticket” Campaign Reminds Californians to Always Wear Their Seat Belt

Turlock, California – The Turlock Police Department reminds everyone taking a trip to visit friends or family over the Memorial Day weekend to always buckle up and keep children in child safety seats.

This year’s Click It or Ticket campaign is from May 22, 2023 through June 4, 2023. During this time, the Turlock Police Department will have additional officers on patrol actively looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. This includes vehicles where children are not secured in child safety seats.

“Wearing a seat belt should be automatic for all drivers and passengers,” Turlock Police Department Traffic Officer Richard Fortado said. “It’s the safe thing to do, especially when it comes to securing children in child safety seats.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 12,000 people killed in crashes throughout the country in 2021 were not wearing seat belts. In California, 756 people killed in crashes in 2020 were not wearing seat belts.

California law requires a child to be secured in a safety or booster seat until they are at least eight years old or at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall. Children under the age of two must ride in a rear-facing seat unless the child weighs forty or more pounds or is forty or more inches tall.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Citizens can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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This information is being released by Turlock Police Department Traffic Officer Richard Fortado. Any media requests should contact: Sergeant Michael Parmley Office of Professional Standards Turlock Police Department Office phone - (209) 668-6506 Email –

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