Look for our three-day special report, “Making It Click: Lives on the Line,” which begins Sunday, Feb. 24.
Nearly 1,700 unbelted Virginians have died in vehicle wrecks in the past five years.
But 600 — maybe 700 — could have lived.
By committing the simple act of fastening their seat belt — and following the law.
So many of us do belt nowadays — nearly 82 percent in our state, on average. But the message isn’t getting through to everyone, especially in rural Virginia, where in some communities up to three-fourths of traffic fatalities involved unbelted drivers or passengers.
In this Roanoke Times/roanoke.com special report, we explore why the disparities exist. We also retrace failed efforts to strengthen Virginia’s seat belt law and look at new initiatives to educate young drivers.