The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and the four county police departments are partnering to launch the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign by buckling down on those who are not buckled up.
The annual enforcement and media campaign starts Monday and runs through May 25.
The HDOT reports that 11,854 drivers in Hawaii received citations during federal fiscal year 2014 for failure to use a seat belt. In addition, 1,573 drivers were issued citations for failure to secure a child under 8 years of age in their vehicles.
As of June 2014, Hawaii had a seat belt usage rate of 94 percent, the same as the previous year.
Hawaii’s universal seat belt law requires that all front and back seat motor vehicle occupants buckle up. Adults and children must use their seat belts and child restraints at all times. The fine for unrestrained occupants on Oahu, Hawaii and Maui is $102, and the fine on Kauai is $112.
Hawaii’s Child Passenger Restraint Law requires children less than 4 years of age to ride in a child safety seat. Children 4 through 7 years old must ride in a child passenger restraint or booster seat. Violators are required to appear in court. If convicted, violators are required to attend a four-hour class and may be assessed a penalty of $100-$500.
The media and enforcement campaign is 100 percent federally funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.