Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle supports “Click It or Ticket,” for public safety. File photo Botetourt View
Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office is joining with other state and local law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country to help save more lives by strongly enforcing all traffic laws, especially seat belt laws around the clock.
Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts-beware. The 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicks off May 20 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.
Virginia’s seat belt use rate was 78.43% in 2011 (using a new survey methodology), and there is still much work to be done. According to the DMV Highway Safety Office’s TREDS (Traffic Records Electronic Data System) in preliminary 2012 statistics, there were a total of 774 fatalities-305 of them were unrestrained at the time of the crash. Of the total unrestrained fatalities (305), 77 or 25% of the deaths resulted from crashes that occurred between the hours of Midnight-6:00AM. The highest time period for unrestrained deaths was from crashes between 6:00pm and midnight – 84 killed (28%).
“Seat belt use is just too important to ignore”, said Sheriff R.N. Sprinkle. “We want to stress that regularly buckling up works, and we know of too many cases, largely at night, that all too often ends in tragedy.” Sheriff Sprinkle went on to say, “Our goal is to save more lives, so the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office will be out enforcing ALL traffic laws including seat belt use around the clock.”
Regular seat belt use saves thousands of lives across Virginia each year. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that in 2011 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 272 lives in Virginia. An additional 112 lives could be saved with 100 percent seat belt use.
While this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 20-June 2, motorists should know that officers are out enforcing traffic laws, including seat belt laws year-round.
Everyone in the vehicle should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night,” said Sheriff Sprinkle “Our Deputies are prepared to ticket anyone who is violating the law and not buckled up…no warnings and no excuses. Click It or Ticket.”
–submitted by Lt. Jeff Stritesky, Crime Prevention Specialist