For the next two weeks, Burbank Police will be on the lookout for
Local officers will join law-enforcement agencies nationwide in
Operation ABC Mobilization, a combination of targeted enforcement and
national advertising geared at getting drivers to buckle up.
Ads sponsored by the National Safety Commission currently running
on television and radio warn motorists to “click it or ticket.”
Burbank motor officers will concentrate their efforts at freeway
off-ramps and major intersections, where Sgt. Pat Lynch said it is
easy for officers to see if people are wearing their seat belts.
In addition to focused patrols by motor officers, Lynch said
everyone in the department has been instructed to make seat-belt
enforcement a priority.
Every passenger in a car is legally required to wear a seat belt
anytime they are on a public street, and Lynch said Burbank residents
generally follow the law.
“Most of the people we write tickets for are transitory people who
are used to not wearing it in some jurisdiction where they can’t
enforce it as well,” he said.
Police also hope the campaign will help educate people about how
to wear their belts properly. Lynch said a woman killed in a
collision Oct. 10 on Verdugo Avenue might have survived if the
shoulder strap were worn correctly.
While police might be writing a few more seat-belt citations in
the next two weeks, Lynch said the revenue from a seat-belt ticket
does not match the cost of the officer’s time.
“Every time we write a seat-belt ticket, we’re losing money,” he
said. “The goal is just to educate people so they’ll be safer next