“Click It Or Ticket” Virginia Beach!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

In an effort to save more lives on Virginia’s roadways this spring, 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, saturation patrols, and other stepped-up law enforcement activities will be conducted during a heavy wave of enforcement, May 21 – June 3.


Virginia law allows law enforcement to cite the driver of 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.


The Virginia Beach Police Department would like to remind you that seat belts are your best defense during a crash.  The primary function of the seat belt is to prevent ejection and spread crash forces over a wider part of the body to reduce injury and death.  In fact, with the proper use of seat belts, you are 40% less likely to be fatally injured during a crash.


“It can’t be over emphasized:  Safety belts and child safety seats save lives,” says Chief J. A. Cervera.  “Wearing a safety belt dramatically increases your chance of surviving a crash.  Proper use of safety belts and child safety seats save countless numbers of lives every year.  We are participating in Click It Or Ticket because we’re committed to preventing the tragic loss of life and devastating injuries that come with not buckling up.”


For more information, contact Officer Dennis E. Pierce or Sergeant Mark R. Miller of the Traffic Safety Unit.  They can be reached by contacting VBPD Special Operations at 385-4606.