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– Local News: Waynesboro Police joining in Click It or Ticket effort
– Local News: Ayers addresses BC grads
Local News: Waynesboro Police joining in Click It or Ticket effort
Beginning today, Waynesboro Police will be partnering with law enforcement across Virginia and the nation to increase seat belt use with the Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization in an effort to save more lives on Virginia’s roadways.
According to preliminary numbers from the Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 821 fatalities in Virginia in 2008. Of those, 612 fatalities occurred in vehicles that were equipped with safety restraints. 342 or 54 percent of the 612 fatalities were not wearing restraints.
Waynesboro officers will be out in force to make sure that all motorists are obeying all traffic laws in Virginia, with a particular emphasis being placed on lack of seat belt and child safety seat use. Special saturation patrols and other stepped up law enforcement activities will be conducted during the Mobilization May 18-May 31, 2009.
“There are still too many people dying or being injured as a result of not buckling up. “Sgt. K.L. Walker said. “That’s why this May and throughout the year, we are increasing enforcement to continue to impress upon all citizens that seat belt use is a must when getting into any vehicle.” Sgt. Walker went on to say, “Regular use of seat belts clearly saves lives, unfortunately, too many folks in Virginia still need a tough reminder that wearing a seat belt is the absolute best way to protect themselves in a crash, so we are here to tell everyone, The Waynesboro Police Department has zero tolerance when it comes to not buckling up. Please remember, buckle up every one, every ride. Click It or Ticket.”
For more information, visit: www.dmvnow.com/highwaysafety.
Local News: Ayers addresses BC grads
As Bridgewater College’s graduating seniors and their families celebrated on the campus Sunday, the president of the University of Richmond – Edward L. Ayers – urged the 288 graduates to work hard, have compassion and to expect the unexpected.
In July 2007, Edward Ayers assumed the presidency of the University of Richmond. Previously Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he began teaching in 1980, Ayers was named the National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2003.
A historian of the American South, Ayers has written and edited 10 books.
“The only law of history I’ve been able to discover is that the unexpected, good and bad, always happens,” Ayers said. “The unexpected always happens, so get used to it – or, even better, bring it about yourself. That’s a reason for anxiety, but it’s also a reason for hope.”
Earlier in the day, the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Carter, pastor of the Manassas Church of the Brethren, delivered the message at BC’s baccalaureate service in Nininger Hall. His topic was, “Think and Do What Is Right.”