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Seat-belt enforcement to be stepped up

Drivers and passengers will get extra reminders to buckle up from May 16 through June 5, courtesy of the UCSC Police.

UCSC's officers are joining local and state police in the nationwide “Click it or Ticket” campaign administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety campaign.

A random sampling of vehicles will be checked randomly before and after the campus enforcement effort to see if compliance has increased; a two percent boost in seat-belt usage is the goal.

Tickets for a first offense seat-belt violation in Santa Cruz County are $101, with much higher fines if a vehicle is pulled over and a passenger under age 16 is unbuckled or improperly buckled.

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