“Click it or Ticket” Week in Virginia Beach

Seatbelt: Flickr photo

Police in Virginia Beach are taking action to ensure drivers are wearing their seatbelts.

In an effort to save more lives on Virginia’s roadways, the Virginia Beach Police Department is partnering with State and other local law enforcement agencies to buckle down on all motorists not buckled up. Traffic safety checkpoints and other stepped-up law enforcement activities will be conducted during a heavy wave of enforcement during the week of November 11–18.

Virginia Law allows law enforcement to cite anyone driving a car in which an occupant under age 18 is not wearing a safety belt or is not properly secured in a child safety seat. The law also provides that drivers stopped for other violations can be cited if they are not properly restrained. This also applies to all front seat passengers over the age of 18.

While the safety belt usage rate in Virginia has climbed to over 81%, more than 40% of Virginia fatalities are not buckled up.

Police say this is another public safety effort to protect the drivers and occupants on the roadways in Hampton Roads.

For more information, contact Sgt. Mark R. Miller or Officer D.E. Pierce of the Traffic Safety Unit at 385-4606 or email mrmiller@vbgov.com.

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