CHP: 18 Dead, 741 DUI Arrests in First 30-Hours of Memorial Day Weekend

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The California Highway Patrol reported Sunday morning that statewide, at least 18-people have been killed in collisions this holiday weekend. In half of those crashes, those who died were not wearing a seat belt.

CHP also reported there have been 741 DUI arrests by the CHP in the first 30-hours of the Memorial Day weekend.

Law enforcement throughout California will be looking for drivers and passengers who don’t buckle up during the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign. They will be on the lookout for drivers and passengers – including passengers in the back seat, day and night.

“Click It or Ticket” debuted in California in 2005, and since then the state’s seat belt use rate has increased from 92.5 percent in 2005 to a record high of 97.4 percent in 2014, representing over 1.5 million more vehicle occupants who have started buckling up.

The minimum ticket cost of an adult seat belt violation in California is $162 and up, and a minimum of $465 for not properly restraining a child under 16. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket


8 COMMENTS

  1. We can do better!!!!!! Let’s go out there and D.U.I!!!! Hey ho let’s go, Antioch, Pittsburg, Oakley, Brentwood, and Concord let’s represent. Through some sexual activity’s in there too and maybe a boating accident!!!!

    • Michael, what is the low number to which you refer? If the PERCENTAGE of people who now use seat belts went from 92.5 to 97.4 and that difference represents 1.5 million people, that is an extremely substantial figure. It also means that the overwhelming majority of the drivers had already been wearing their seatbelts all along. 92.5% compliance rate is substantial. The fact that it has gone up nearly 5 percentage points is also substantial. That the percentage represents 1.5 million people is substantial. So, I’m not sure how you think that anything in the article represented a fairly low number.

      • A little chlorine in the gene pool can be a good thing…. stupid people should not breed!

  2. Click it or ticket is stupid. Just another way to get paid. I’m sorry, but as an adult, living in a free country, who’s supposed to be allowed to make our very own “grown up” decisions, wearing our not wearing should be one of those decisions. AS AN ADULT! ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS buckle up those babies, though.

    • When operating a motor vehicle, the driver should always be belted in to the seat to maintain control of the vehicle. I worked on an ambulance and have seen the results of drivers sliding across a bench seat or actually sliding off a bucket seat and ending up in the driver or passenger footwell, especially during a spin. Animals, as well as children, should be secured to prevent becoming 20-50 pound projectiles or distractions. No problem for everybody to just buckle up and stay seated in their own seat.

  3. Driving while impaired is a premeditated crime that should be punished accordingly. DUI is 100% preventable and it is a choice not a mistake. People must understand and don’t look for excuses.

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