Neighbor Islands cite seat-belt violators
Police on the Big Island, Kaua'i and Maui issued more than 1,900 seat-belt citations during the statewide "Click It or Ticket" safety campaign that ended this month.
The statewide campaign started May 20 and ended during the first week of June.
Preliminary statistics show police on the Big Island issued 738 seat-belt citations and 25 citations for violations of child-safety restraint requirements from May 20 to June 7. On Kaua'i, police issued 649 seat-belt citations and 39 child-restraint citations from May 13 to June 7. On Maui, police issued 596 seat-belt citations and eight child-restraint citations from May 20 to May 31.
On O'ahu, police issued 2,135 seat-belt citations and 57 child-restraint citations from May 20 to June 2.
A national report last year pegged Hawai'i's seat-belt usage rate at 83.5 percent. California led the nation at 91 percent. Kaua'i County led the state with 87.6 percent usage, followed by Hawai'i County at 86.4 percent, Honolulu at 83.6 percent and Maui at 77.6 percent.