Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Operation Strap 'N Snap Drivers Who Don't Wear Seat Belt Will Pay Price

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Operation Strap 'N Snap Drivers Who Don't Wear Seat Belt Will Pay Price

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ATLANTA -- More than a year after a toughened seat-belt law

took effect, the Georgia State Patrol is telling drivers who

don't buckle up, "No more warnings."

Georgia Public Safety Commissioner Sid Miles acknowledged the

1996 law that allows police to pull over drivers for failing to

wear seat belts led to far more warnings than tickets.

But yesterday, lawmen across the state began a fine-filled

crackdown on drivers who refuse to strap themselves and their

children in.

"I don't want to see another warning from a trooper. There is

no sense writing any more warnings," Miles said yesterday in

kicking off Operation Strap 'N Snap. "We've got to write some

tickets."

Yesterday in Southeast Georgia, that's just what happened.

During an hourlong blitz on a busy section of Georgia 303 on

Blythe Island and another north of Brunswick, troopers wrote 30

citations for failure to wear seat belts, authorities said.

Another checkpoint was planned late yesterday in Wayne County,

Trooper E.A. Sinquefield said.

The fine for an adult driver or passenger not wearing a belt

is $15. For not having young children in car seats or wearing

seat belts, the fine is $50 for a first offense, and $100 for a

second or subsequent ticket.

Miles said he would like the General Assembly to consider

hiking the fine for adults who drive without seat belts to $50

or $100 per violation.

"I'd rather see a larger fine. I think $15 is a little

ridiculous," he said.

Miles began a statewide swing yesterday to publicize

Operation Strap 'N Snap, which he called "the largest combined

law enforcement effort ever in this state."

Patrolmen are setting up checkpoints to make sure drivers are

obeying the law. In some cases, Miles said, officers will merely

park near busy intersections and pull over anyone they see not

strapped in. …

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