Guam – The Department of Public Works Office of Highway Safety and its partners held the final event for the “Click It or Ticket” campaign at the Agana Shopping Center Friday.
Program Coordinator Therese Matanane says they wanted to remind parents and guests of the importance of wearing a seat belt and having their children less than 4’9” tall and below 12 years old to be in a child restraint system. An exhibit of various highway safety vendors was featured at the center court, including a display of proper seat belt safety measures.
“A lot of people don’t know it is the law that everyone in the vehicle must be wearing their seat belt and children below 12 who are less than 4’9″ must be in a child restraint system,” said Matanane. “So we try to do this as often as we can.”
Guam Police Highway Patrol Officer Leonard Aguon also conducted demonstrations with their fatal vision goggles to simulate someone under the influence of alcohol at a certain dosage and show the dangers of drunk driving. He mentions the best enforcement is education.
“Even without this campaign, members of the Highway Patrol Division and Guam Police Department still conduct seat belt enforcement and other forms of distracted driving as well as regular roving patrol,” said Aguon. “We do our best to try to deter or prevent any bad traffic crashes or anything that may cause any bad traffic crashes and just continue with enforcement everyday.”
The first offense for not wearing a seat belt is a $100 dollar fine and if pulled over again, the penalty doubles. Guam’s new seat belt law took effect on January 1, 2010 and was authored by Senator Tom Ada.