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Culpeper Police Participate in National Click It or Ticket Campaign

Click it or ticket logo (provided by Culpeper Police Dept.)

Click it or ticket logo (provided by Culpeper Police Dept.)


Press Release Provided By Culpeper Police:

From May 23 to June 5, 2016, Virginia’s local law enforcement and Virginia State Police will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This enforcement period is in advance of and includes the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

There were 310 unrestrained fatalities in Virginia last year, and 71 were recorded so far this year, between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2016. Nationally, 88.5 percent of passenger vehicle occupants buckled up last year, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but almost 50 percent of fatal crash occupants were not restrained. In some states, the rate was as high as 70 percent unrestrained in fatal crashes. “This fact gravely highlights the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use,” said Chief Chris Jenkins.

Traffic Stop (photo provided by Culpeper Police Dept)

Traffic Stop (photo provided by Culpeper Police Dept)

“Time after time, we see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear a seat belt,” Jenkins said. “Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important steps in increasing survivability in a crash. Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up and to keep them from repeating this potentially deadly mistake.”

Virginia’s statewide seat belt use rate was 80.9 percent in 2015, 77.3 percent in 2014, 79.7 percent in 2013 and 78.4 percent in 2012. The 310 unrestrained fatalities in Virginia last year represent 41 percent of the 753 total traffic fatalities.

“The numbers tell us that young males, many of them drinking and driving, are the ones not wearing seat belts and are dying on our roadways,” said Chief Jenkins. “We want to do everything we can to reach these people and save their lives.”

According to NHTSA, there were 9,385 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2014 in the United States. Also in 2014, seat belts saved an estimated 12,802 people from dying nationwide. From 2010 to 2014 seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives. If all passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, an additional 2,814 lives could have been saved in 2014 alone.

Culpeper Police Officers will be conducting additional patrols during this campaign. Their goal is to enforce the traffic laws with a particular focus on occupant safety. The Culpeper Police Department asks everyone, “To buckle up and put the phone down while driving.”

Culpeper Police Department Participates in Click It or Ticket Campaign

Traffic Stop (photo provided by Culpeper Police)

Traffic Stop (photo provided by Culpeper Police)

Press release by Culpeper Town Police:

Would you ever ride a roller coaster without the harness down? Would you ever skydive without a parachute? When you ride in a motor vehicle without a seat belt, you are taking the same huge risk.

Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death during a crash. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers. Major Chris. B. Settle along with DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office encourages everyone on the road to wear their seat belts during every trip, day and night.

Virginia law requires all front seat occupants of motor vehicles be restrained, and any passenger from birth to 18 years old be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat or seat belt. Virginia law also requires that rear-facing child restraint devices be placed in the back seat of a vehicle. “It’s the law in Virginia to wear your seat belt and make sure children are in a car seat, and doing so will save your life during a crash,” said Chief Chris R. Jenkins.

Click it or ticket logo

Click it or ticket logo

Law enforcement officers across Virginia and the nation will be out in full force during the national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization, May 18 through May 31, looking for seat belt violators. “Not only do you risk getting a ticket, but by not wearing your seat belt, you risk severe injury and even death,” said Chief Chris R. Jenkins.

Virginia’s statewide seat belt use rate was 77.3 percent in 2014, 79.7 percent in 2013 and 78.4 percent in 2012. Last year in Virginia, 52 percent of all traffic fatalities, or 256 deaths, were unrestrained drivers and passengers. Also, 154 (60 percent) of the unrestrained deaths were people ages 21 to 50, and 65 percent were males. Of the 198 unbelted driver fatalities, 40 (20 percent) had been drinking. Almost half of the unrestrained fatalities in 2014 occurred at night, between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Locally, Culpeper experienced 236 vehicle crashes in 2014. Many of these were during daylight hours. A local survey of drivers conducted in 2015 showed that 77 percent of drivers were utilizing seat belts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts really do save lives. From 2008 to 2012, they saved nearly 63,000 lives nationwide. And in 2012 in the United States, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved if all unrestrained occupants involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts.

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