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Release Number: 09-179

For Immediate Release

Office of the Chief Deputy

June 30, 2009

Deputy Larry McKinnon:

(813) 247-8060




Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office


Operation Belts or El$e


June 30th 2009, 7:00 AM


The county wide kick off will begin at Parsons Av and SR 60







                     “OPERATION BELTS OR EL$E’





Effective June 30th 2009, not wearing a seat belt will become a primary traffic offense in the State of Florida. Since 2004 in Hillsborough County, more than 160 people chose NOT to wear a seat belt and died in traffic crashes.


The new Florida Safety Belt Law (316.614) states “it’s unlawful to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Florida unless each passenger and the operator are restrained by a safety belt or some type of approved child restraint device if the occupant is a child”. The fine is $101.00


On June 30th 2009 at 7:00 am, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies will kick off enforcement through out Hillsborough County.  For more additional information on traffic safety, teen driver tips or safety belt usage the public can contact HCSO Crime Prevention Bureau at (813) 247-8115 or visit


Deputy Larry McKinnon

HCSO-Office of the Chief Deputy