From May 23 to June 5, 2016, local law enforcement will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This enforcement comes ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, Memorial Day weekend.
Beginning today, officers will be out in full force to remind drivers and passengers to buckle up. The campaign began this morning when officers partnered with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office for a safety checkpoint on Fairmont Ave. Officers issued the following citations:
- No Driver’s License – 6
- Expired Insurance – 5
- Expired Registration – 5
- No Seat Belt – 1
“Seat belts are the single most effective way to prevent injuries or death during a crash,” said Lt. Mark Lahman. “They are your best defense against impaired, aggressive or distracted drivers.”
Virginia law requires everyone under age 18 to be properly secured in a safety belt or child safety seat no matter where they are sitting in the vehicle. Everyone in the front seat must wear a seatbelt, and those 18 and older can be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half of all people who die in car crashes are not restrained. There were 310 unrestrained fatalities in Virginia last year, and 71 recorded so far this year, between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2016.
The Winchester Police Department will be conducting safety checkpoints at various times and locations throughout the next two weeks. “We conduct these check points to remind drivers that we care about their safety,” Lahman said.