City police joining Click It or Ticket patrols

Waynesboro Police will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across Virginia and the country for the 2011 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization that begins Sunday, May 22.

During the mobilization, which runs through June 6, law enforcement throughout the Commonwealth will be cracking down on motorists who fail to obey all traffic laws – including seat belt and child safety seat use.

Virginia has seen a steady decline in traffic related fatalities in recent years, but even with the decline, preliminary data from 2010 indicates that there were a total of 740 fatalities, and of those, 314 were not restrained at the time of the crash. Two of the three fatalities occurring in the city of Waynesboro during 2010 were unrestrained and at least partially ejected during rollovers.

Pickup truck occupants have been proven to be less likely to buckle up than any other class of vehicle. In a 2010 Seat Belt Use Observational Survey conducted by Old Dominion University, the average seat belt use rate of pickup truck occupants was 71.4 percent as compared to the state use rate of 80.5 percent

“We need to continue to make the case that seat belts really do work,” said Waynesboro Police Sgt. Kelly Walker.”We will do that by hitting the roads and enforcing all traffic laws 24/7, no excuses, no warnings, and we will be paying particular attention to unrestrained drivers, passengers and children.

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