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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 Man Dies After Altercation with Culpeper Police

Culpeper Town Police patch

Culpeper Town Police patch

Press release from Culpeper Police Department:

Culpeper Police Department Involved in Incident Leading to Use of Force

On March 29, 2015, shortly before 8:00pm a Culpeper Police Department Patrol Officer was on routine patrol in the Cottontail Drive and Belle Avenue area of Culpeper when two males were observed walking in the street.

One of the males, later identified as Dominick R. Wise, age 30, of the 15000 block of Rixeyville Road in Culpeper, was observed by the officer to be intoxicated and acting erratically by walking in circles in the middle of street.

As the officer attempted to remove Mr. Wise from the middle of street, Mr. Wise walked away from the officer. The officer attempted to remove Mr. Wise from the middle of street again, and Mr. Wise fled on foot down the middle of Belle Avenue.

The officer called for other police officers to respond and assist in the area of Belle Avenue. Additional officers confronted the subject in the area of Belle Avenue adjacent to Culpeper Commons Apartments and attempted to place Mr. Wise into custody.

Mr. Wise at this point was non-compliant with officer’s commands and actively resisted arrest by swinging and kicking at officers. Conductive Energy Devices were deployed in attempts to subdue Mr. Wise, however the Conductive Energy Device had a limited effect. As additional officers arrived, they were able to apprehend and secure Mr. Wise by getting him in handcuffs. A knife was recovered lying underneath Mr. Wise during the altercation.

As a matter of policy, Officers on scene immediately contacted Emergency Medical Services to check on Mr. Wise who at the time was conscious and breathing. Culpeper Volunteer Rescue Squad, who was already in the area responding to a drug overdose call in the Belle Court Apartment area, responded to the scene at Culpeper Commons. Once they arrived, Mr. Wise became unresponsive and CPR was immediately administered. Mr. Wise was taken to UVA-Culpeper Hospital and later airlifted to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville.

Mr. Wise died at UVA Hospital late Monday morning. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

An officer of the Culpeper Police Department was also treated at UVA-Culpeper Hospital with contusions and swelling of his face and also a broken nose. He has since been released. The Virginia State Police Bureau of Investigations from Division 2 was contacted on Sunday night, shortly after the incident, at the request of the Culpeper Police Department, will be handling the investigation into this matter.

The Culpeper Police Department will be conducting a separate Administrative Investigation into this incident, as required by department policy. “The Culpeper Police Department would like to send our condolences to the Wise family. Any loss of life of a loved one, no matter the circumstance, is always tragic and very much too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wise family as they mourn their loss” states Chief Chris R. Jenkins.

Any further questions related to this investigation will be handled by the Virginia State Police.

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