Torrance Police officers are out in full force tonight looking for people not wearing their seat belts.
Just 30 minutes ago, the Torrance Police Department began its six-hour nighttime seat belt enforcement. Officers are paired up, and will be looking for drivers or passengers breaking the law by not wearing their seat belts.
The nighttime enforcement is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety step grant, which is granted to police departments to help prevent road collisions. The Torrance Police Department was awarded $282,000 last week by the COTS.
The goal of the nighttime enforcement program is to reduce injury accidents. Other enforcement programs that are part of the grant are DUI and traffic enforcement programs, which include speeding, red light violations and distracted driving.
The number of victims killed and injured in traffic collisions has been slowly rising, including a recent increase in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities.
It’s the first time the Torrance Police Department has performed this enforcement in 2015. It will end at midnight.