The California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up before taking to the road.
The CHP will be paying particular attention to drivers and passengers who aren't wearing seat belts during a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign beginning Friday and continuing through the Thanksgiving weekend.
The minimum cost of an adult seat belt violation in California is $142, and up to $445 for not properly restraining a child younger than 16 years old. If the parent is not in the car, the driver is issued a ticket.
California's seat belt usage rate has increased from 90.4 percent in 2001 to a record high of 96.02 percent in 2010. The increase represents 1.25 million more vehicle occupants who buckle up, according to a CHP news release.
According to the Statewide Integrated Traffic records System, in 2009, 544 vehicle passengers were killed who were not wearing a seat belt or using a child safety seat, and more than 9,400 others were injured under similar circumstances.