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Police Promote Efforts to Increase Seatbelt Use
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Police Promote Efforts to Increase Seatbelt Use

From Fairfax County Police Department:

One in five Virginians fail to wear their safety belt regularly when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. That is why Fairfax County is joining with DRIVE SMART Virginia, the Virginia Highway Safety Office, and fellow law enforcement agencies to reinforce the importance of buckling up on every ride, every time. Preliminary data from Virginia Highway Safety Office indicates there were a total of 821 fatalities on Virginia roadways for 2008. Of those, 631 of the fatalities occurred in vehicles equipped with seatbelts and 342 or 54% were not wearing those seatbelts.

Research shows that seat belts reduce severity of injury and when worn correctly, they reduce the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by half. Excessive speed is not always a factor; most crashes causing death or injury occur at speeds below 40 miles per hour.

When running out to do a quick errand drivers may think there is no need to buckle up. What they may not realize is that three out of four fatal crashes occur within 25 miles of victims’ homes.

The Fairfax County Police Department supports programs that promote proper seatbelt use, such as “Click It or Ticket.” From May 22 through June 5, police will exercise a zero tolerance enforcement effort on seatbelt use.

If you don’t click it… we will ticket.

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