N E W S R E L E A S E
May 12, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leslie Sten, MPO
757-603-6044 - Email
James City County Police participate in Click It or Ticket
Seat belts prevent ejection and without one, a person’s body becomes a missile inside the vehicle. James City County Police Department and DMV’s Virginia Highway Safety Office encourage everyone on the road to wear their seat belts during every trip, day and night.
Law enforcement officers in James City County and across Virginia and the nation will be out in full force looking for seat belt violators during the national Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization this May. If you’re not buckled up, you will get a ticket. If you’re driving, the second action you need to take after fastening your own seat belt is to insist all your passengers are wearing their belts too.
In 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying. From 2008-2012 seat belts saved nearly 63,000 lives. 3,031 additional lives could have been saved if all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts.
Parents should also be aware that young adults are dying at a disproportionate rate because they are not wearing their seat belts.
Sixty-two percent of 18- to 34-year-old passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts. This is a habit that needs to be instilled early.