N E W S R E L E A S E
May 15, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leslie A. Sten, Master Police Officer
JCC Police announce 2012 Click It or Ticket campaign
James City County Police are joining with other State and local law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country to help save more lives by strongly enforcing all traffic laws, especially seat belt laws around the clock. The 2012 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off May 21 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.
According to preliminary 2011 DMV Highway Safety Office statistics, there were a total of 765 fatalities in Virginia attributed to traffic crashes. Of those, 306 were unrestrained at the time of the crash. Of the total unrestrained fatalities, 30 percent occurred between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. and 70 percent occurred between midnight and 3 a.m.
Regular seat belt use saves thousands of lives across Virginia each year. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that in 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 272 lives in Virginia. Additional lives could be saved with 100 percent seat belt use. “Everyone in the vehicle should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night. Seat belt use is just too important to ignore. Regularly buckling up works, and we know of too many cases, largely at night, that all too often end in tragedy,” said Master Police Officer Leslie Sten of the James City County Police Department.
The enforcement mobilization runs May 21-June 3.