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Albemarle Police to Participate in Click it or Ticket Holiday Campaign
11/11/2011

The Albemarle County Police Department will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across Virginia and the country for the Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Occupant Protection Campaign.

During the mobilization, law enforcement throughout the Commonwealth will be cracking down on motorists who fail to obey all traffic laws -- including seat belt and child safety seat use -- both day and night.

Pick-up truck occupants have been proven to be less likely to buckle up than any other class of vehicle.  In a 2010 Seat Belt Use Observational Survey conducted by Old Dominion University, the average seat belt use rate for pick-up truck occupants was 71.4 percent as compared to the state use rate of 80.5 percent .

In 2010 the Albemarle County Police Department’s Traffic Unit worked 12 fatalities.  Of those 12 fatalities, 7 victims, or 58 percent, were not properly restrained, nor did they utilize a safety restraint system.

 

"We need to continue to make the case that seat belts really do work," said Albemarle County Police Chief, Colonel Sellers.  "We will do that by hitting the roads and enforcing all traffic laws 24/7, no excuses, no warnings, and we will be paying particular attention to seat belt use."


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