As the Memorial Day holiday and busy travel season approaches, the Culpeper Police Department is reminding drivers of the importance of seat belt use and will be participating in increased, high-visibility enforcement May 20 through June 2 as part of the national Click It or Ticket campaign.
“We cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt,” said Culpeper Police Department Chief Chris Jenkins in a news release. “It’s the law, but it’s more than that: By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash. We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. We see the loss of life. So often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.”
The campaign kicks off Monday, May 20 with Border to Border, a one-day national seat belt awareness event coordinated by participating state highway safety offices and their respective law enforcement liaisons. The program will focus on enforcement and providing seat belt fact sheets for drivers at heavily traveled, highly visible state border checkpoints, according to the release.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes 2017 in the United States. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts.
Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Virginia, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is a civil fine $25, according to the news release.
“We lost 298 Virginians in 2018 because they did not buckle their seat belts,” said Culpeper Police Department Sgt. Brittney Jenkins.
For information, see www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.