November 12, 2010
Beginning Sunday and lasting through Nov. 21, Virginia State Police will join local law enforcement in a statewide, high-visibility Click-It-or-Ticket enforcement effort.
The traffic safety project is an educational and enforcement program aimed at increasing seatbelt use in Virginia with the goal of saving lives. In 2009, Virginia experienced the highest recorded seatbelt use rate at 82 percent.
Last year, 333 unbuckled individuals lost their lives in a traffic crash on Virginia’s roads.
“Wrapping your seatbelt around you is the simplest way to save your life,” says Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Whether it’s during the day or at night, it only takes a few seconds to buckle up. There is no excuse not too.”
Virginia State Police will utilize troopers to participate in the week-long, strict enforcement Click-It-or-Ticket mobilization. As troopers enforce traffic laws, Virginians can expect to see particular attention paid to whether or not a seatbelt is being worn.
State Police and Drive Smart Virginia are encouraging all motorists to take the time to secure their children, a loved one and themselves with their safety belts.