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Thanksgiving travel: King City Police reminds drivers, passengers to buckle up


KING CITY — With millions of families throughout the state expected to hit the road to visit friends and family for Thanksgiving this year, King City Police is reminding everyone to always buckle up. 

“Regardless of how far you are going for Thanksgiving, it is important to always wear your seat belt,” Chief Keith Boyd said. “We want everyone to get to their destination safely and enjoy the holiday. A seat belt is one easy way to ensure that happens.” 

During the 2019 Thanksgiving enforcement period, 42 people died on roads throughout California. Of the 27 who died on roads within California Highway Patrol jurisdiction, 11 were not wearing seat belts.

Under California law, children under 2 years old who weigh under 40 pounds or are under 40 inches tall must ride in a rear-facing car seat. Children under the age of 8 or under 4-foot-9-inches tall must be secured in a car or booster seat.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.