New seatbelt laws focus on child safety
This year's campaign focuses on two new laws that will take effect June first.
One law will enforce the use of seat belts and the other will focus on child safety.
Many drivers may not know about a couple of new state laws passed last year.
Passengers in the front seat could get a ticket for not wearing their seat belt; but now, for the first time, those passengers in the back seat will receive a ticket.
"That’s one of the biggest. Also child restraint. They are not properly securing their children with seat belts or in child safety seats or not even a seat belt at all."
Between the months of January and March police gave out more than 500 citations for no seat belts, and more than 400 for not having their children in a car seat.
According to Municipal Judge Boyer Ornelas, he sees these numbers quite often in his courtroom.
"As a judge you want to see nobody gets that citation. It is the easiest to avoid. That is the first thing you do when you get in the car."
We set up our cameras in two different busy intersections to see how many people do avoid wearing their seat belts.
In a matter of twenty minutes we filmed more than 30 drivers, only two of them were not wearing their seat belt.
Judge Ornelas says he has heard all sorts of stories when people get cited for not using their safety belt.
"I was only going to go around the block. I just left the store. The baby was crying.I didn't have a seat belt so I didn't buckle up the baby."
Now expect stiffer penalties if you decide not to comply with the law.
The new seat belt and child safety laws will take effect June first.