Click on it or the ticket occurs before, during the bank holiday weekend

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RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) – In an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use, DMV joins local law enforcement and Virginia State Police in the nationwide campaign Click It or Ticket through June 5, 2022. The campaign runs every year before and including the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest — and deadliest — travel weekends of the year.

On Thursday, DMV partnered with the Chesterfield County Police Department, Richmond Children’s Hospital at VCU and AAA Mid-Atlantic to launch the Click It or Ticket campaign with a press conference at the AAA Mid office. -Atlantic at Chesterfield.

Virginia’s seat belt usage rate is 81.7%, according to the most recent statewide seat belt survey conducted in 2021, compared to the national average of 89, 7%. Last year in Virginia, there were 5,583 crashes involving unrestrained people, 3,854 unrestrained injuries and 334 fatalities involving unrestrained people.

“These facts gravely underscore the need for increased awareness of seat belt use,” said Acting DMV Commissioner Linda Ford, the governor’s traffic safety representative. “DMV and our safety partners continue to deliver messages about the importance of seat belt use throughout the year, but especially during our annual Click It or Ticket campaign.”

Law enforcement will support DMV’s seat belt awareness messages by conducting saturation patrols and high visibility law enforcement along busy roads and highways, and especially along the Corridor of Route 60, working to save lives.

“Time and time again, we see the deadly consequences of drivers and passengers who refuse to wear seat belts,” said DMV Traffic Safety Office Director John Saunders. “Fastening your seat belt is one of the most important steps in increasing survivability in the event of an accident. Every one of those 334 people who died in unbelted crashes last year was someone’s mom, someone’s dad, a sister or someone’s best friend, and to prevent these needless tragedies from happening again. is our top priority.

Last year in the Commonwealth, around one in two fatal accidents (48%) involved occupants who were not wearing safety restraints. The 21-35 age group accounted for 32% of uncontrolled deaths, and the highest number of uncontrolled deaths (51%) occurred between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m.

“These numbers tell us that half of the deaths in our Commonwealth last year were people not wearing seatbelts dying on our roads,” said Captain John Miller of the Chesterfield County Police Department. “We want to do everything we can to reach people without restraint and save their lives. Click It or Ticket works to change the behavior of those who are unattached and to prevent them from repeating this potentially deadly mistake.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, the roads will be very busy this Memorial Day weekend. Despite record gasoline prices, the auto club predicts nearly one million Virginians will hit the road for the holidays. That’s nearly 5% more than last year and represents over 40,000 more travelers on the road for vacation this year.

“Fastening your seat belt is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and others in a vehicle,” said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson Morgan Dean. “Modern cars are packed with safety features that weren’t available just a few years ago. These systems work in conjunction with a seat belt. That’s why it’s so important to buckle up, everyone, every time.

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