WPD to Take Part in Click It or Ticket
Virginia roadways will be busy this Memorial Day holiday as folks celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Winchester Police will be out in full force beginning next week to aggressively enforce seat belt laws. Beginning May 20, 2013 the Winchester Police Department will be taking part in the 2013 national Click It or Ticket campaign. Officers will be cracking down on motorists who are not buckled up and will be checking to ensure proper child restraint use.
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, with the proper use of seat belts you are 40 percent less likely to be fatally injured during a crash. Virginia law requires seat belt use for drivers and front seat passengers 18 years of age and older, and all passengers younger than 18. The WPD strongly encourages all passengers in the car to buckle up whether they are in the front or back seats as regular seat belt use has proven to save lives.
“Winchester Police Department officers are dedicated to saving lives. Aggressive enforcement of the seat belt law is the most effective way of attaining that goal. I believe that 2/3 of traffic fatalities during my tenure as Chief could have been avoided by the proper wearing of seatbelts. We want to prevent any further needless deaths,” says Chief Kevin Sanzenbacher.
This year’s enforcement mobilization runs through June 2, 2013, but drivers should know that Winchester Police Officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) Lcummings@ci.winchester.va.us
Posted 5-16-2013 - Click Here to return to the main Press Release page.