The Culpeper Police Department is taking measures this month to reinforce seat belt laws on Virginia roads.
According to official reports by Newsplex.com, 16 people died in traffic accidents in the first week of May.
Of those, about half were not wearing a seat belt or properly restrained in a child safety seat.
The DMV reported that 764 people lost their lives on Virginia’s highways in 2011. Forty percent of those killed were unrestrained.
With the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, police officials are even more concerned about people exhibiting safety on the road.
“With the weather getting nicer and the holiday weekend coming up, it’s expected that people will be making more trips,” Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Steve Haas said. “All we ask is that you take the extra seconds to buckle-up. Make sure children are buckled in properly and ask your passengers to do the same.”
During the 2011 Memorial Day weekend, 10 people in Virginia were killed as a result of a car accident. Of those, two children and three adults were unrestrained.
Culpeper Police are planning to conduct grant-funded saturation patrols aimed at finding violators of Virginia’s seat belt laws.
This measure, along with a joint traffic checking detail sometime in the month of May, is part of the state’s annual Click-It-or-Ticket initiative.
Culpeper resident Monica Neighbors and her four-year-old daughter were involved in a serious crash in January 2011. Officials say because both people were properly restrained, they were able to avoid serious injuries.
Parrish Law Firm, PLLC would like to remind Virginia residents of the importance of wearing a seat belt at all times while inside a vehicle. If you have been involved in a car accident and need legal assistance, please contact us.