If Kids Don’t Do This Right Now, Parents Get Fined
More than 200,000 Idahoans are going to be traveling for the Memorial Day weekend, and it may feel like every one of them is in front of you on I-84. There will be enough road stress, so do yourself a favor and avoid the hassle of getting fined on top of it.
Police across Idaho kicked off the Click it or Ticket campaign on Monday, which means just about every law enforcement agency is watching for that seat belt strap going across your shoulder, and making sure you and your passengers are in tight. State and local police, and county sheriff's offices are all part of the effort to enforce seat belt laws through the Memorial Day weekend.
It's a huge travel weekend, with 42 million Americans hitting the road and 220,000 in Idaho. How many of those drivers will be buckled up? We don't know for sure, but we know you always have that seat belt on so we know you'll avoid the fine and we're not worried about you. It's those other drivers.
Police say that wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of dying in a crash by 45 percent. That number jumps to 60 percent for pickup trucks. Clicking it for sure.
Young kids can't buckle themselves in, so it's up to the parents to get that done before hitting the road. Idaho law says "an adult driver is ticketed for passengers younger than 18 who are not properly restrained." And then don't forget to nag your tweens and teens until they buckle up, and click yourself in too.
Citations start at $10, and court costs can be added in. That's some good burger and gas money, and Memorial Day Weekend will be more fun if you can spend your cash on that stuff instead.
The Click it or Ticket campaign runs through Sunday, June 3rd and it's all over the country, so you won't be driving out of it. Just get where you're going safely, and then go wild, okay? Have a great holiday.