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Starting today, James City County Police, along with other local and state law enforcement, are cracking down on seat belt enforcement as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2015 Click it or Ticket campaign.
From 2008 to 2012, seat belts have saved nearly 63,000 lives nationwide. In 2012, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved if all unrestrained occupants involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts, according to NHTSA statistics.
In 2014, there were 256 unrestrained fatalities in Virginia.
James City County Police spokesperson Stephanie Williams said the enforcement comes at the perfect time, when motorists are traveling to kick off the busy summer season on Memorial Day weekend.
“Police want people to know that they are not cracking down to write tickets, they are doing it to save lives,” she said in a news release.
In Virginia, the statewide safety belt compliance rate is at 77.3 percent, according to the website SmartSaveandSober.org, managed by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia Highway Safety Office, the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Sheriff’s Association and DRIVE SMART Virginia.
The strict enforcement will last until May 31.