Seat Belt Sting in Reno

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Thousands of drivers were stopped and questioned by Reno Police on Thursday. The officers were looking for a violation that is all too common: failure to buckle up.

This was part of a seat belt enforcement sting on Wells Avenue. Several tickets were issued, and many drivers were given warnings. All drivers were reminded about the seat belt law.

You would’ve though the large orange Warning Signs posted along Wells Avenue would encourage people to fasten their seat belts.

Officials say 1 out of 5 people don’t buckle up; either they forget or they get in a hurry. They say it’s the single most important thing you can do when you get in a car. The fee for a seat belt violation is $65, but police say the price could be a lot higher. You are more likely to be killed or seriously injured if you’re not wearing a seat belt.

One driver got off with just a warning, since she only appeared to be unbuckled, but some drivers were forced to pay up: one officer wrote a $115 ticket for a car seat violation. This violation is the most-commonly ticketed during the checkpoint, and is one that police say, is also the most dangerous.

After police wrote a handful of tickets for car seat violations, they invited another safety organization out to their checkpoint.

REMSA passed out pamphlets to drivers about the proper way to use a car seat when traveling with a small child.

Auburn Hutton, KOLO 8 News