Winchester Police Officers are out in full force ensuring motorists are buckling up. During the first week of the Click It or Ticket Campaign officers wrote 12 citations for seatbelt violations. Click It or Ticket is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign that aims to increase the use of seat belts. The Winchester Police Department participates in the campaign to ensure motorists are properly restrained, making them 40 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash.
Virginia law requires seat belt use for drivers and front seat passengers 18 years of age and older, and all passengers younger than 18. The WPD strongly encourages all passengers in the car to buckle up whether they are in the front or back seats as regular seat belt use has proven to save lives.
During the first week of the enforcement effort 69 vehicles were stopped, nine speeding citations were issued, one citation for not having a license was written, and 45 other citations were issued.
Officers are also checking to ensure proper child restraint use. Virginia Law requires all children to be properly secured in a car seat or booster seat until at least age eight. There is no minimum weight or height limit associated with the law. It is recommended that children ages 8 to 12 years old be in a booster seat until they fit correctly in a seat belt. If you are a Virginia resident and are not able to afford a car seat or booster seat for your child, you may qualify for free assistance from the Virginia Department of Health. Call 1-800-732-8333 or visit safetyseatva.org to learn more.