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Police wrap up ‘Click-it or Ticket’ campaign

Paul Raymore

Truckee motorists driving without seat belts got a recent wake-up call in the form of the Truckee Police Department’s participation in the statewide “Click-it or Ticket” seat belt campaign.Truckee officers made more than 250 vehicle stops during the enforcement operation, which ran from May 24 through June 6. Vehicles were stopped when officers noticed one or more of the vehicle occupants were not wearing seat belts.According to a press release from the Truckee police, the vast majority of the enforcement stops involved local drivers, and most of the seat belt law violators were issued verbal warnings. Many of the people stopped had heard about the program and understood the need for it.Previous surveys conducted statewide revealed seat belt usage averaged 91 percent, while the average usage in Truckee was 65 percent. Other effects of the increased level of enforcement resulted in the arrest of two suspected DUI drivers, seven arrests for outstanding warrants, six arrests for possession of marijuana and several more arrests of unlicensed drivers and persons driving on suspended licenses.The “Click-it or Ticket” program also included making educational presentations at Tahoe Truckee High School, putting out press releases and taking a proactive stance in the enforcement of violations – steps the Truckee Police Department officials say they hope will have a positive effect on the drivers in Truckee.