162 Teen Drivers Cited In Seat Belt Checks
Published: Dec 16, 2006
TAMPA - TAMPA - Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies issued 162 citations to teenage drivers for not wearing seat belts during a three-day safety blitz called “Operation Safe – Not Sorry.”
Deputies checked drivers at 15 public high schools in the county during the mornings and afternoons on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Deputies reported finding the following numbers of seat belt violations at each high school: Alonso – 20; Armwood – 11; Bloomingdale – 10; Brandon – 5; Durant – 4; East Bay – 13; Gaither – 34; King – 3; Leto – 8; Newsome – 5; Plant City – 4; Riverview – 19; Sickles – 13; Tampa Bay Tech – 4; and Wharton – 9.
Last week’s sweep was the latest in a series of unannounced seat belt compliance checks that deputies have made at public high schools throughout the school year. Between 2003 and 2005, 36 teens who were not wearing seat belts died in Hillsborough County traffic accidents, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.
Under Florida law, any driver under 18 can be stopped for not wearing a seat belt. The fine is $76.50. The driver can also be cited for any adult or juvenile passengers not wearing seat belts in the front passenger seat or any juvenile passengers in the rear seats.