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Police to Focus on Seatbelt Violations in June

Livermore police provide vehicle safety tips.

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The Livermore Police Department will be focusing traffic enforcement efforts during the month of June on occupant protection violations. Officers will be looking for drivers and passengers who are not properly restrained in their vehicles. Even though Livermore’s last seatbelt use rate was 99 percent, we still issued 1,288 seat belt citations and 96 car seat citations in 2011. LPD still continues to investigate injury collisions in town where we find that drivers, and or passengers, have been injured due to not being properly restrained in their vehicle.

The Livermore Police Department hopes that by continually educating the public on the importance of being properly restrained while traveling in a motor vehicle we can reduce the number of injuries and deaths resulting from traffic collisions in our community.

Did you know the number one killer of children, teens and adults are motor vehicle crashes? The Livermore Police Department would like to provide the following helpful tips to keep you and your family safe in a vehicle.

Adults and older teens

For best protection, adults and older teens should be using a 3-point seat belt (lap and shoulder) and seated in an active air bag position. For drivers, the vehicle seat should be locked in place as far back as possible with the driver still being able to safely operate the pedals. Drivers should be approximately 12” away from the air bag. Passengers’ seats should be placed all the way back in the seat tract. The head-rest should be placed directly behind occupants’ heads to provide protection from whiplash.

Livermore Police Department really wants to stress to drivers and passengers that wearing the shoulder portion of the seat belt under their arm or behind their back is not only illegal, but very unsafe. Wearing your seat belt under your arm places the shoulder belt over vital organs, not strong bones as intended.  During a collision, you will have more upper body and head excursion (forward movement) with the belt placed incorrectly. Wearing the seat belt behind your back during a collision will cause your head and upper body to strike whatever is in front of you such as the dashboard, windshield and/or air bag.

If your seat belt is uncomfortable; many vehicles have a seat belt adjustment guide located on the door frame. To adjust it, simply slide it up or down. This will raise or lower where the seat belt comes in contact with your body. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for more detail. Additionally, you can purchase a fuzzy sleeve to place over the seat belt or for passengers, try another seating position. If you are too large to fit in your seat belt, many automobile manufactures can mail you a seat belt extender at no cost.

Children under 13 year’s old

All children under the age of 13 should be properly restrained in the back seat, regardless if the vehicle is equipped with an air bag. 60 percent of crashes are front-end impacts, so by being placed in the back seat children are 40% safer than riding in the front seat. Most children ages 6-8 (and small 9-10 year olds) may still need to use a booster seat. These children are too small for a standard seat belt. Seat belts are designed to fit adults. 

Children ages 2-5 years old (forward facing)

Children ages 2-5 are best protected by being placed in a car seat with a 5-point restraint system (just like race car drivers). The 5-point systems distribute the crash forces over the strong bones of the body. The car seat should be installed tightly, so there is no more than 1” movement from side to side and front to back. Check your vehicle’s manual to see how to lock your seat belts. Fasten the car seat tether (located on the back of your child’s car seat).  This can minimize head excursion up to several inches. Make sure the harness around your child is snug (no slack) and the straps are at over above their shoulders in the re-enforced position. Consult your car seat owner’s manual.    

Children ages birth-2 years old (rear facing)

Rear facing is the safest way to transport your child in a vehicle. Your child should stay rear facing until they have reached one of the following: They have reached the maximum weight rating on their convertible car seat or their head is one inch below the top of the shell of the car seat. Hopefully they can stay rear facing until their second birthday.

The reason why rear facing is safer than forward facing: 60 percent of crashes are front end impacts; this causes the rear facing car seat to rotate toward the floor board. The back of the car seat distributes the crash forces over the child’s full back side. If your child’s car seat is facing forward, their body is strapped in by a harness but their head is not. During a crash their head is whipped forward at whatever speed you crash. So if you’re driving 30 mph their head is getting whipped forward at 30 MPH. Their spinal column (the bones that protect the spinal cord) can stretch up to two inches in a crash, but the spinal cord can only stretch up to ¼” before it severs, and the outcome can be death or paralysis.

It is crucial that your child’s car/booster seat is installed correctly, that’s why the Livermore Police Department offers free car seat checks. For an appointment call Officer Traci Rebiejo at 925-371-4858.

The Livermore Police Department is committed to traffic safety and the safety of our citizens. We appreciate our partnerships that we share with the community and the Office of Traffic Safety toward this goal. Please buckle up and buckle up your family when traveling in a motor vehicle.

Nathan21 June 08, 2012 at 01:57 PM
LPD is a joke, why don't they try to do some real police work. The fact they they would even announce something like this is pathetic. What a waist of our $$.
ceasar villapando June 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Iagree %100 Nathan. This should be part of their duties, there shouldn't be a "seatbelt crackdown". If they see someone without a seatbelt on then pull them over but to focus soley on that is ridiculous. I hate having to wait 2 hours for a police to get to my house to report a stolen license plate and then hearing about such petty crackdowns. Hey LPD, why don't you try finding the people whom I hear gunshots at night from around the Olivina area from 10 at night to midnight so me and my neighbors can sleep!?!
mcobb5 June 08, 2012 at 05:50 PM
You two really have no idea how police departments work. It's more of a PSA than anything, to get fools who don't wear their seatbelts to wear them so they don't receive a ticket and potentially save their life. I highly doubt it took two hours to file a report for a stolen license plate, but then again do you realize how low priority that is?? If you want quicker response times then go to city council and petition to have your taxes raised to hire more officers. No? Didn't think so.
ceasar villapando June 08, 2012 at 07:40 PM
No of course not. We already have some of the highest taxes in Northern California here in Alemeda county. Out of all things we would need taxes for it certainly shouldn't be the police department when our schools are severly understaffed. Livermore police have historically been unreasonably late to respond from my experience and weather you doubt it took 2 hours or not, it did. Once again proving my point. And realistically, a very small percentage of livermores citizens will even see this article because there aren't very many people that follow patch in the first place. We already have huge click it or ticket signs up on the freeway that countless people drive by everyday.
Styler June 08, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I beg to differ, a lot of the community follow Livermore Patch. Mcobb5, i agree with you. The thing is, a lot of people have something bad to say about LPD and the things that they are "told" to do. I however, respect our local PD and am thankful that they will be around when I need them.
Mr. Pickles June 08, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Once again instead of solving crimes and serving the public. Our cops seem more interested in fleecing the pockets hard working local people. If they would just answer the calls and go after the little thugs and want to be gangstas who perpetrate the crimes that victimize us all I would back them 100%. But no somebody is not wearing their seatbelt. Give them a ticket. $159 no first warning. One day soon this whole town will be against them. Another example of your typical government worker in action. Way to go Livermore Police Department.
50 years here June 09, 2012 at 09:06 AM
Ms. Rabejo "pulled me over" and cited me while I was pumping gas at a gas station. That's how long it took her to exit her hiding place in the bank parking lot. She claimed she could clearly see that I was not wearing my seatbelt while driving by at 25 MPH in my black car, wearing my black seatbelt, over my black T-shirt. The monies LPD receives from the Office of Traffic Safety for conducting these "Awareness Months" is significant enough to corrupt LPD even further and make them unresponsive to citizens calls for assistance. Ultimately, these funding sources need to be themselves de-funded in order to get LPD's eye back on the ball. Ms. Rabejo has written more seatbelt tickets than all the other officers combined, I believe the authority is affecting her eye sight.
TG June 09, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Nathan21, if you're going to criticize the LPD (who are paid about $60,000 a year to take a bullet for you and otherwise deal with the dregs of humanity that Livermore has to offer), you might want to familiarize yourself with the difference between the word WAIST and WASTE. Dumba**.
Nathan21 June 09, 2012 at 02:30 PM
TG-haha! Call this a crazy guess but,I don't think that familiarizing myself with "waist" & "waste" would help. I'm sure LPD would still be incompetent & wasteful. Also "Take a bullet for me" that's funny! Did you forget LPD is to busy giving out helmet tickets to kids, J-walking tickets, and seat-belt tickets to do anything about real crime? Excuse my grammar...haha!
Harry Callahan June 10, 2012 at 02:19 AM
that just shows how irresponsible and out of control the traffic unit is. It's all about writing that ticket, the "how many am I going to write today" mentality.
Cherry June 10, 2012 at 05:04 AM
"Livermore’s last seatbelt use rate was 99 percent". That is an outstanding percentage! Why do they need to focus on seatbelt violations? Seems their time could be used more effectively in an area that actually needs improvement.
TG June 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM
J-walking, not wearing a helmet and not wearing a seat belt are "real" crimes. I've lived in Livermore for 15+ years and have NEVER had a problem with the LPD. In fact in my last call to them - a road rage incident - they responded within minutes in the middle of a busy Thursday near downtown. Judging by the number of people I know who have lived here a long time who have had no problems with the LPD, and comparing that with the number of complainers on Patch and elsewhere, I'd say the problem has more to do with an ignorant citizenry than a police force out of control. But then I know the difference between WAIST and WASTE, and TO and TOO.
Bryon Bruce June 11, 2012 at 02:13 AM
It is illegal for her to park her her truck in that spot the curbs were red. She had those curbs painted gray
The Real Anon June 11, 2012 at 03:45 PM
IF only they dedicate as much effort to suppressing the gangs of little thugs that keep spray painting everything in sight and breaking into people's homes and cars to steal stuff, as they do to victimless crimes against the State that don't affect anyone's quality of life in any way, then this would be commendable.

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